According to the Guardian, Jackie Collins had been battling breast cancer secretly for the past six years.
The statement further read that she “lived a wonderfully full life” and entertained readers for four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and creative force.
Right from the beginning of her writing career Collins had introduced gay characters. She told People magazine she was “completely devastated”. “I think I’ve helped people’s sex lives”, she said.
“I want on my gravestone, “She gave a great deal of people a great deal of pleasure”.
The London-born English author published her first book in 1968 and has written 32 novels – all of which appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.
Tributes have poured in for the beloved writer, but few have been more heartbreaking than the one from her famous sister Joan.
In her lifetime Collins is credited with selling over 500 million books.
She was the younger sister of actress Joan Collins of “Dynasty” fame.
For more about the storied life of the storyteller that is Jackie Collins, go to her official website.
Collins’ friends mourned also mourned her death on twitter.
EW says that Collins “was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago, but kept the diagnosis private”.
Meanwhile Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock, who once starred in a TV mini-series Lucky Chances, which was based on two of Jackie’s novels, said that heaven should “watch out”. Collins is survived by sister Joan and her three daughters.
Jackie Collins has been called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine…. “She was a wonderful, courageous and a lovely person and I love her”, she said. “Some have bigger parts than others, but I like to write about all colours, all identities, all sexualities – gay, straight, whatever”.