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'Great Santini,' 'Prince of Tides' author Pat Conroy dies at 70

By Karen Butler
'Great Santini,' 'Prince of Tides' author Pat Conroy dies at 70
Image courtesy of Pat Conroy's website

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Renowned U.S. author Pat Conroy has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

Todd Doughty -- vice president and executive director of publicity at Doubleday -- confirmed his Friday death to The New York Times.

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Born in Georgia, Conroy and his family moved around a lot due to his father's career in the military before settling in South Carolina.

The former high-school teacher and scribe is best known for his classic books The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline and The Prince of Tides -- all of which were adapted as films.

He is survived by his wife, the writer Cassandra King; daughters Megan and Susannah Ansley Conroy; sisters Kathy and Carol Ann; brothers, Jim, Tim and Mike; and seven grandchildren.

The home page of the author's website reads: "You my beloved readers know by now that I am fighting a hard battle. There are many of you sharing your own cancer battle stories. I will try not to disappoint you. Great love and gratitude for standing with me."

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