Bestselling writer Pat Conroy has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 70.
Conroy was best known for stories of dysfunctional families. His book “The Prince of Tides” became a motion picture that was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Three of his other books were adapted into motion pictures, as well.
Much of Conroy’s work was about his tumultuous relationship with his own family. His 1976 book, “The Great Santini,” focused on his relationship with his abusive father.
“This whole thing about this fixation with family and my family, in particular, may be my great weakness as a writer,” Conroy said.
“Or your greatest strength,” said ABC’s Charlie Gibson.
“Or my greatest strength,” Conroy said.
Conroy said he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in February. His longtime editor, Nan A. Talese, sent out a statement to media following his death saying, “He will be cherished as one of America’s favorite and bestselling writers.”
He is survived by his wife, Cassandra Conroy, and several children.