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Prince Of Tides author Pat Conroy dies aged 70

Pat Conroy has died aged 70 at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina (AP)
Pat Conroy has died aged 70 at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina (AP)

Pat Conroy, the best-selling author of The Prince Of Tides has died aged 70, a month after announcing that he had pancreatic cancer.

Conroy also wrote The Great Santini and other books that drew upon his bruising childhood and the vistas of South Carolina, and he became one of America's most compelling and popular storytellers.

His publisher said he died at home on Friday evening among family and loved ones in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The heavy-set author had fought other health problems in recent years, including diabetes, high blood pressure and a failing liver.

"The water is wide and he has now passed over," his wife, novelist Cassandra Conroy, said in a statement from publisher Doubleday.

Funeral arrangements were still being made.

Conroy's books sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, and The Prince Of Tides was made into a hit 1991 film starring Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand, who also produced and directed it.

Conroy worked on the screenplay and shared an Oscar nomination, one of seven Oscar nominations it earned, including best picture.

The Great Santini was also made into a film, starring Robert Duvall as a violent patriarch, based on Conroy's father Donald, a marine aviator and military hero.

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