Lois Duncan Dead: ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Author Dies at 82

Lois Duncan
Lois Duncan arrives at the premiere of Dreamworks & Nickelodeon's 'Hotel for Dogs' held at the Grove Theaters on January 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Young adult suspense writer Lois Duncan died on Wednesday, June 15. The author was 82.

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Albuquerque-based private investigator Pat Caristo confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday, June 16, that Duncan died at her home near Sarasota, Florida. According to reports, her husband announced on Facebook that she had collapsed in their kitchen.

The thriller writer published 50 titles, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was the basis for the 1997 blockbuster by the same title, and Emma RobertsHotel for Dogs.

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Duncan, who taught journalism at the University of New Mexico, also penned Who Killed My Daughter? The nonfiction tome chronicled the writer’s search for answers in the case of her 18-year-old daughter Kaitlyn Arquette’s 1989 murder. The college student, the youngest of Duncan’s five children, was shot as she drove home from a friend’s house in Albuquerque.

Duncan is survived by her husband, Don, and their children Robin, Kerry, Brett and Donnie.

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