Celebrities Pay Tribute To Pat Conroy

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Pat Conroy Tributes

By Shari Weiss

Pat Conroy Tributes

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Beloved author Pat Conroy died on Friday, and celebrity fans are now paying tribute to the late writer.

Conroy passed away at age 70, just weeks after revealing he was battling pancreatic cancer. In a statement announcing his death, his wife and fellow novelist Cassandra Conroy said, “The water is wide and he has now passed over.” In the wake of his passing, a number of famous fans have taken to social media to share their appreciation for Conroy and his works, including The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides.

On Saturday morning, Barbra Streisand posted on Instagram, “First, I fell in love with Pat Conroy’s book, The Prince of Tides, and then I fell in love with him. He was generous and kind, humble and loving… such a joy to work with. I was so honored that he entrusted his beautiful book to me.” The music legend included a photo she took with Conroy at the 1992 Writers Guild Awards.

On Twitter, Rosie O’Donnell stated, “Pat Conroy – i loved him…” Mia Farrow quoted the author, tweeting, “Love had always issued out of the places that hurt the most. – Pat Conroy. RIP.” Frances Fisher simply commented, “RIP Pat Conroy,” while Joe Scarborough remarked, “A Great Loss.”

The Joy Luck Club novelist Amy Tan posted, “Farewell, Pat Conroy. Your novels will compel us to return to that sinuous turn in the river, the ever beginning.” Popular YA author Sarah Dessen said, “Heartbroken about passing of Pat Conroy. The Prince of Tides was HUGE for me as reader and writer. Rest in peace.” And Julie Plec, the executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries,” wrote, “Prince of Tides, Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini….3 of my absolute favorite books from my teenage years. RIP Pat Conroy.”

Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, also tweeted, “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.” Gossip Cop’s thoughts are with all of Conroy’s family, friends, and fans. His death comes just after the loss of another iconic author, To Kill A Mockingbird writer Harper Lee, who died last month.

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