‘Prince of Tides’ author Pat Conroy dies at 70

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400557 02: Author Pat Conroy attends a benefit reading for actor Frank Muller at Town Hall February 2, 2002 in New York City. Actor and audiobook narrator Frank Muller sustained debilitating injuries in a motorcycle accident in November 2001. The event was sponsored in part by The Wavedancer Foundation, Inc. and the Audio Publishers Association and raised funds to assist in meeting the immediate needs of Muller and his family. (Photo by Jeffrey Vock/Getty Images)

Pat Conroy, whose best-selling novels drew from his own sometimes painful experiences and evoked vistas of the South Carolina coast and its people, has died.

Todd Doughty, executive director of publicity at publisher Doubleday, says Conroy died Friday evening at his home in Beaufort surrounded by family and loved ones. Conroy, who announced last month that he had pancreatic cancer, was 70.

Doughty says in a statement that funeral arrangements are still being made.

Conroy’s novels of troubled relationships and dysfunctional families included “The Great Santini” and “The Prince of Tides.” Those books and two others became movies.