Pat Conroy, the popular novelist who wrote such bestsellers as "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides," has died at 70 at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina. His wife, the novelist Cassandra King Conroy said in a statement, "The water is wide and he has now passed over."
On February 15, Conroy had announced on Facebook that he was fighting pancreatic cancer.
A statement posted to Conroy's Facebook page today reads:
"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."
Both the "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides" (directed by Barbra Streisand) were made into Oscar-nominated films.