Pat Conroy, author of “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini,” has died.
He was 70.
Conroy died at his home Friday in Beaufort, South Carolina, surrounded by family and loved ones, according to his publisher. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.
The author said his tortured childhood inspired novels such as “The Great Santini,” one of 11 books he wrote. Some of them were adapted into films.
The book details his disdain for his father, a decorated Marine fighter pilot nicknamed “The Great Santini.” He accuses him of terrorizing his children for years with his volatile temper.
“I hated my father long before I knew there was a word for hate,” he writes in the book.
Conroy confronted his personal history in the book and interviewed family members and friends — eventually reconciling with his father.
“It was only when “The Great Santini” was published that he seemed to even take a look at who he was,” he told CNN in 2013.
Conroy’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide and include “The Boo,” “The Water is Wide,” “The Lords of Discipline, ” and “Beach Music.”
Nan A. Talese of Doubleday, his longtime editor and publisher, said they have known each other for decades.
“Pat has been my beloved friend and author for 35 years,” Talese said. “He will be cherished as one of America’s favorite and bestselling writers, and I will miss him terribly.”