Gothic writer and author Anne Rice, familiar to many for her best-selling novel Interview With The Vampire, has passed away aged 80. As confirmed by her son Christopher on Facebook, Rice died due to complications after suffering a stroke.
In a statement, Christopher wrote his mother’s passing came “almost 19 years to the day” since his father and Anne Rice’s husband, Stan Rice, died, prompting fans to want to know more about Anne and Stan’s relationship.
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Who was Anne Rice’s husband Stan?
Stan Rice, born 7 November 1942, was an artist and award-winning poet known for an extensive body of work that included seven poetry collections. Some of the most notable are The Radiance Of Pigs, Fear Itself and Red To The Rind.
Rice was awarded many accolades for his work, including an Edgar Allen Poe award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Joseph Henry Jackson award from the National Endowment For The Arts.
He was also an artist and educator and served as a professor, chairman of the creative writing programme, and assistant director of the poetry centre at San Francisco State University for many years.
The poet and educator sadly passed away in 2002, aged 60, after suffering brain cancer.
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How did they meet?
Anne and Stan first crossed paths as teenagers in high school during a journalism class.
The couple wed three years later, in 1961, and were married for more than four decades before Stan’s death in 2002.
In the same 2016 interview, 14 years after his death, Anne fondly referred to Stan as the “love of my life”.
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Fans send condolences to late author’s family
Stan and Anne are survived by their son Christopher, who is also a writer and author and was born in 1978.
Following Christopher’s statement on Facebook, many Anne Rice fans took to social media to send thoughts and prayers to the family:
We send our condolences to Anne Rice’s family and friends at this difficult time.