- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — The life of Pat Conroy, the author of “The Prince of Tides,” ”The Great Santini” and other works set on his beloved South Carolina coast, is being celebrated at a funeral mass in his hometown.

Conroy died last week at age 70. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in Beaufort, a small town about an hour south of Charleston. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church which has a sanctuary seating 1,200.

Conway died last Friday less than a month after announcing that he was battling pancreatic cancer.

The author, who sold 20 million books worldwide, once told an interviewer that he wrote to explain his life to himself. When he did so, Conroy said, he also explained other people’s lives to them.

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