(CNN)Anne Rice, writer of the best-selling Vampire Chronicles caller series, died Saturday, her lad announced connected societal media. She was 80 years old.
She passed distant owed to complications resulting from a stroke, Christopher Rice said.
Rice's biggest occurrence was her archetypal novel, "Interview with the Vampire," which was published successful 1976 and introduced the quality of the vampire Lestat, who would beryllium the cardinal quality successful the 13-book Chronicles series, the astir caller of which was published successful 2018.
"I had an thought of Lestat arsenic the antheral of action, the antheral who could bash things that I couldn't do," Rice said successful a speech astatine Southern Illinois University successful 2010.
"Interview with the Vampire" was made into a palmy diagnostic movie successful 1994, helping to reignite involvement successful the vampire genre which continued with the TV bid "The Vampire Diaries" and the "Twilight" movie series.
Although she lived astir of her beingness successful California, Rice was a autochthonal of New Orleans and acceptable galore of her stories there, according to her website biography.
Rice's son, Christopher Rice, said helium was astatine his mother's bedside erstwhile she died.
Anne Rice volition beryllium buried successful a backstage ceremonial successful New Orleans, with a nationalist memorial planned adjacent year, helium said.