Pat Conroy, Author of "Prince of Tides," Dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 70

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Pat Conroy, author of best-selling books including The Prince of Tides, died on Friday at his home in Beaufort, North Carolina, of pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

According to the BBC, "Pat Conroy was recognized as a leading figure of the 20th Century's literature of the American South."

In addition to The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy authored The Water is Wide. His wife, Cassandra King, used the title in a statement she gave regarding her husband's passing.

"The water is wide but he has now crossed over,” she said in a statement.

It was only four weeks ago that Pat Conroy received his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He shared word of his illness with his fans and followers on February 15 via Facebook.

Hey out there,I celebrated my 70th birthday in October and realized that I’ve spent my whole writing life trying to...

Posted by Pat Conroy on Monday, February 15, 2016

Pat Conroy's passing was announced on his Facebook page as well.

We wish he could tell you once again “Hey out there” but we are the family, the friends, the readers and we are filled...

Posted by Pat Conroy on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pat Conroy was surrounded by loved ones on Friday evening, when, at 7:43 p.m., he drew his last breath.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.