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Pat Conroy dies at 70; 'Great Santini,' Prince of Tides' author

Pat Conroy dies at 70; 'Great Santini,' Prince of Tides' author

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

The beloved author of "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides" died Friday evening. He was 70.

Conroy, who announced last month that he had pancreatic cancer, died at home among family and loved ones in Beaufort, S.C., according to his publisher. The author had battled other health problems in recent years, including diabetes, high blood pressure and a failing liver.

"The water is wide and he has now passed over," his wife, novelist Cassandra Conroy, said in a statement from...

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