Prince of Tides author Pat Conroy died at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina, on Friday, March 4, less than three weeks after publicly announcing that he has been battling pancreatic cancer.
According to his publisher, Conroy was surrounded by his loved ones in Beaufort, South Carolina when he died.
In a tweet, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley wrote: “South Carolina lost a beloved son tonight”.
His works include “The Boo”, “The Water is Wide“, “The Great Santini“, ” Lords of Discipline“, “The Prince of Tides“, “Beach Music“, “My Losing Season”, “The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life”, “South of Broad”, “My Reading Life” and “The Death of Santini“.
But Conroy focused on the advice he once got from “the finest writer I ever encountered”, novelist James Dickey, who taught him at the University of SC. The 1991 film of the same name featured Nick Nolte alongside Barbra Streisand.
“I grew up hating my father”, Conroy said after his father died in 1998.
The 1986 novel “Prince of Tides” also bore resemblances to Conroy’s life – a man trying to overcome the psychic trauma from life in a troubled family.
The movie received seven Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and one for Conroy as the screenplay co-author. Conroy based the main character of “The Great Santini“, Lt. Col. Wilbur “Bull” Meechum – a tough-talking, abusive Marine fighter pilot – on his own father. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers.
The 1980 adaptation of “The Lords of Discipline” was also inspired by his life, as a cadet at the Citadel military academy.
Born Donald Patrick Conway on October 26, 1945, the author was the eldest of seven children in a family that, owing to his father’s military assignments, moved 23 times before he was 18.
“His family, my mother’s family, him, my mother, everybody went insane and the only thing that rescued me was a terrific movie”, Conroy said.
Conroy’s books were all New York Times bestsellers and had fans eager for his next release.