Pat Conroy, 'Prince of Tides' Author, Dies After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

by Jillian Sederholm and Andrew Rudansky /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY
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Author Pat Conroy attends a benefit reading for actor Frank Muller at Town Hall February 2, 2002 in New York City. Getty Images

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Author Pat Conroy, who wrote "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini," died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his spokesman, Todd Doughty, confirmed to NBC News. He was 70.

The South Carolina resident wrote dozens of books, including "The Prince of Tides," which was turned into a 1991 movie written and directed by Barbra Streisand. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including a writing nod for Conroy.

Conroy announced his cancer diagnosis in February in a post on his Facebook page. In the post, the novelist thanked his "beloved readers," saying he intended to publish another book.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley tweeted about Conroy Friday evening, saying "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."

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