Author Pat Conroy, whose canon of well-loved books includes “The Prince of Tides,” “The Great Santini” and “The Lords of Discipline,” has died. The AP reports that Conroy died Friday at his home in Beaufort, S.C., after a battle with cancer. He was 70.
“The heavy-set author died less than a month after announcing on Facebook that he was battling cancer. He promised to ‘fight it hard’ and told his fans ‘I owe you a novel and I intend to deliver it,'” the AP reports.
“Barbra Streisand, who starred in and directed the movie version of Conroy’s ‘The Prince of Tides’ posted a picture of herself with Conroy on Instagram on Saturday. The 1991 movie starring Streisand and Nick Nolte earned seven Oscar nominations, including best picture,” the article notes.
In a statement released by her publicist, Streisand said of Conroy: “He was generous and kind, humble and loving … such a joy to work with. I was so honored that he entrusted his beautiful book to me. Pat’s natural language was poetry … he wrote sentences that are like an incantation.”
Conroy’s books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. His other titles include “The Boo,” “The Water is Wide,” “Beach Music,” “My Losing Season,” “South of Broad” and “The Death of Santini.”
Here’s a featurette on Conroy posted by ABC News in 2013 in connection with the publishing of “The Death of Santini,” including an interview with Conroy by Charlie Gibson …