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Nick Romano
March 05, 2016 at 10:47 PM EST

Friday marked the death of author Pat Conroy, known for such works as The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline. Barbra Streisand, who directed and starred in the 1991 film adaptaion of his work The Prince of Tides, released a touching tribute in his honor. 

“First, I fell in love with Pat Conroy’s book, The Prince of Tides, and then I fell in love with him,” she said in a statement. “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.”

She continued, “Pat’s natural language was poetry…he wrote sentences that are like an incantation. He observed every nuance of human behavior and dug deep down to the truth…presenting it in all its glorious and stubborn complexity. I am so sad today. I lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a great writer.”

Conroy died at his home in South Carolina at the age of 70 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. His wife, novelist Cassandra Conroy, said in a statement on Friday, “The water is wide and he has now passed over.”

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