“Pat has been my beloved friend and author for 35 years, spanning his career from The Prince of Tides to today”, she said. His remarkable life will be mourned by the entire literary community.
Pat Conroy, who drew inspiration from his tortured family life and the scenic marshlands of coastal SC for his novels, most notably “The Great Santini“, “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Prince of Tides“, died Friday. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.
South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley said on Twitter Friday night that the state had “lost a beloved son”.
“The water is wide and he has now passed over”, said his wife, novelist Cassandra Conroy, according to Doughty’s statement.
On February 15, Conroy had announced on Facebook that he was fighting pancreatic cancer. “I owe you a novel and intend to deliver it”. The book, already a hit, became a pop culture fixture when it was made into a 1991 film starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte, which was directed by Streisand.
“I write a straight story line, and I guess that’s what they need”, Conroy told Publishers Weekly in 1986. He wrote of it with objective.Â”Conroy, who sold 20 million books worldwide, candidly and expansively shared details of growing up as a military brat and his anguished relationship with his abusive father, Marine aviator and military hero Donald Conroy. The elder Conroy was a fighter pilot who fought in four wars – World War Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the long-running conflict with his family.
He had a way of capturing the beauty and the underbelly of the south, focusing many of his novels on his experiences and family in the Charleston, Low Country area. He lost weight, quit drinking, began eating healthily and joined his personal trainer in opening a fitness studio in Port Royal, South Carolina. The Lords of Discipline, which was influenced by his time at the Citadel military academy, turned into a film in 1983.
Pat Conroy is survived by a wife, children, and grandchildren.