Famed British-born novelist, Jackie Collins, has died of breast cancer at the age of 77. Her spokeswoman said Collins died in Los Angeles.
In a family statement, “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one-of-a-kind mother.
“She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words,” it added she lived “a wonderfully full life.”
Collins was diagnosed with breast cancer 6.5 years ago but told only her three daughters. In a September 14 interview with People magazine, she said she did not regret her decision to keep her diagnosis private.
“I’ve written five books since the diagnosis, I’ve lived my life, I’ve travelled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no-one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it, ” she said.
“I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say,” she added.
Her famous sister, 82-year-old Joan Collins, learned of the diagnoses only the night before her Jackie’s death. She told People magazine she was “completely devastated.”
“She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her,” she said.
According to her website biography, Collins began writing erotic stories for her school friends as a teenager. Her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968. Although it became a best seller, it was banned in Australia. Her 1985 book, Hollywood Wives, went on to be made into a mini-series.
In a career spanning four decades, Collins wrote 32 novels that sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. Each of her novels made the New York Best Seller List.