Anne Rice's Net Worth At The Time Of Her Death May Surprise You

The world awoke to the news that "Interview With the Vampire" author Anne Rice died at the age of 80 (via CNN). Her son Christopher Rice announced her death on Twitter, writing in part, "Earlier tonight, my mother, Anne Rice, passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke." Fans were quick to extend their condolences, including famous friends like Josh Gad, who called Rice "a legend" in his Twitter tribute.

Although Rice is best known for her book that spawned a movie starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst, it's worth noting that the author penned more than 30 books (via IMDb and The Guardian). According to The Hollywood Reporter, her tomes sold more than 135 million copies combined and six more were turned into movies or TV films. So, it's no wonder that at the time of death, Rice was worth quite a bit of money. Just how much the acclaimed writer counted as her fortune may shock even her most devoted fans.

Anne Rice is considered one of the most popular authors ever

In addition to her vampire novels, Celebrity Net Worth notes Rice also wrote books in the Christian and erotic genres, with some of the stories also being turned into comics. The site called her one of the most popular authors in American history.

Meanwhile, the author lived in California and also greatly enjoyed time in New Orleans, which of course is where her 1976 bestselling book, "Interview With the Vampire," is set, according to the biography on her official site. She had a home in the French Quarter.

All told, with her impressive success as an author whose works inspired many movies and went on to enjoy lives well-past the page, Rice died with a net worth of about $60 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. She is survived by her son, with her husband having died in 2002, and her daughter Michele dying of leukemia when she was just a child (via USA Today).