Anne Rice, the author of the Gothic novel ‘Interview with the Vampire’, has passed away at age 80.

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The American writer, who sold more than 150 million books, died surrounded by her family on Saturday night.

Christopher Rice, his son who announced her passing on her Facebook page, said she died of stroke complications.

“In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage,” he wrote.

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“The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated. Her support for me was unconditional. She taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices of fear and self-doubt.

“As a writer, she taught me to defy genre boundaries and surrender to my obsessive passions.

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“In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage.

“Let us take comfort in the shared hope that Anne is now experiencing firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which defined her life and career.”

It is understood that Anne will be interred in the bereaved family’s mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony while a celebration of her life will take place in New Orleans in 2022.

‘Interview with the Vampire’, one of Anne’s works for which she’s well known, was published in 1976.

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The novel went on to be a best seller and was adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994.

Anne wrote sequels to the book, forming a series called ‘The Vampire Chronicles’.

Another of her books from the series ‘Queen of the Damned’ was also made into a film in 2002.

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