(RepublicanPress.org) – New Orleans-based author Anne Rice rose to national prominence with the publication of her Vampire Chronicles, beginning with the 1976 publication of her first novel, “Interview with the Vampire.” The 1994 release of the book’s film adaptation, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, sealed her legacy as an American icon, as did the 2002 blockbuster, “Queen of the Damned.” Sadly, the world had to say its farewell to the noted novelist in 2021.
On Sunday, December 12, Anne Rice’s son, Christopher, announced his mother passed away Saturday night due to complications from a recent stroke. He spoke of the sadness accompanying her passage, nearly 19 years to the day since his father, her husband Stan, died. Christopher wrote of her love and support and how she taught him to push back against the “dark voices” of inner doubt and fear.
This is Anne’s son Christopher and it breaks my heart to inform you that earlier tonight Anne passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. Below is the statement I shared on her Facebook page moments ago. pic.twitter.com/jIHYg6uewI
— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) December 12, 2021
Christopher said that Anne Rice would be laid to rest at her family’s New Orleans mausoleum during a private ceremony. In 2022, a public celebration of her life will take place in New Orleans to allow friends and fans to say their farewells to the noted author.
Through Anne Rice’s portrayal of monstrous creatures of the night as sympathetic beings, she reshaped how the world viewed the centuries-old folklore predators. Without her influence, the vampire genre might look very different today. Some of the most popular television and book series of our time, including True Blood, The Twilight Series, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer may not exist. Rice was an icon who will be truly missed.
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