Internationally bestselling author Jackie Collins died on Saturday, September 19th, losing her battle with breast cancer. She was 77. A family statement published on the author’s web site expressed their loss:
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today. She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.
From the New York Times:
Ms. Collins wrote more than 30 books, many of them filled with explicit, unrestrained sexuality, and sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. Her first novel, “The World Is Full of Married Men,” was published in 1968. Australia and South Africa banned it because of its frank depiction of extramarital sex. Other early works included “The Stud,” in 1969, and “The Bitch,” ten years later.
Ms. Collins, the younger sister of the actress Joan Collins, wrote her books in longhand on either white printer paper or yellow legal pads, regularly churning out prodigious numbers of pages. Many were turned into movies and television mini-series.
The NYT also noted that, “Since being diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer in 2007, she has written five books.”
The family has said that private services will be held in both the UK and the US. “In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization [in the U.S.]” or to Penny Brohn Cancer Care in the UK.