American gothic novelist Anne Rice, widely known for her international bestseller 1976 novel "Interview with a Vampire," died at the age of 80 on Saturday.
Rice died due to complications from a stroke, her son Christopher Rice announced on her Facebook page and his Twitter page.
"In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage," Christopher Rice wrote in the statement.
Anne Rice was the author of the "The Vampire Chronicles." Its first installment, "Interview with a Vampire," was later adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994. It was also expected to be portrayed in a TV series on AMC and AMC+ in 2022.
Rice was expected to be interred during a private ceremony at a family mausoleum in New Orleans on an undisclosed date, according to the statement. A public celebration of life was to take place next year.
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