He brought Beaufort alive to millions of people across the world. Bestselling writer Pat Conroy has died at age 70.
Conroy died Friday night at his home in Beaufort, surrounded by loved ones.
Just last month he announced on his Facebook page he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer- and intended to fight it hard.
The “Prince of Tides” author has written 11 books.
His novels sold more than 20-million copies worldwide.
Conroy wrote mostly about family strife and his adoration for the South Carolina Lowcountry.
His economic impact on the area has been called “immeasurable”
Governor Nikki Haley Friday night, “South Carolina lost a beloved son tonight. Pat Conroy will be missed. We can find comfort knowing his words and love for SC will live on.”
Saturday morning his family posted the following on his Facebook page:
“We wish he could tell you once again “Hey out there” but we are the family, the friends, the readers and we are filled with grief and sadness.
Pat Conroy left this world Friday March 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm surrounded by his family and friends in his Beaufort home overlooking the marshes he so loved.
There are rare people whose very existence make life bearable for the rest of us for reasons of grace, wisdom and understanding. Pat was such a men. To say he will be missed is the grandest of understatements.”