Bestselling novelist Jackie Collins dies from cancer, aged 77
Tributes have been paid to bestselling novelist Jackie Collins following her death in America from breast cancer aged 77.
Jackie, who sold more than 500 million novels in more than 40 countries in her four decades-long career as a writer in raunchy female fiction, died of breast cancer. She was 77 years old.
Despite being diagnosed six-and-a-half years ago the British author, who lived in Beverley Hills, told few people about her illness, saying she did not want to "burden" others with it.
Dame Joan, who only found out in the last fortnight, paid tribute to her younger sister as her "best friend".
She told US publication People magazine: "I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her."
In a statement issued this morning, the family of Jackie Collins wrote:
"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."
The family have requested that donations be made to cancer charities in lieu of flowers.
Sharon Osbourne posted a picture of the pair together and wrote: "Shocked & devastated at the death of @JackiejCollins. Loved & respected her. Thoughts & prayers go out to her family."
Television presenter Eamonn Holmes wrote: "Condolences to @Joancollinsdbe over the death of her sister Jackie. Sad times.
"Over years of interviewing , appearing with her , even travelling together - she was just lovely. RIP Jackie Collins."
Presenter Graham Norton, who had interviewed Collins on his chatshow, wrote: "I'm so very sad to hear about @jackiejcollins She was the definition of a class act. Everyone who met her was Lucky."
American actor James Woods said Collins had been a good friend.
He wrote: "She was one of the loveliest people imaginable. A true star who treated everyone equally. RIP, dear friend."
Oprah Winfrey said: "RIP Jackie Collins. I always loved our interviews."
Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/pPR3KRRjUU— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) September 20, 2015
#RIPJackie Collins. I always loved our interviews.— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 20, 2015
Condolences to @Joancollinsdbe over the death of her sister Jackie. Sad times.— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) September 20, 2015
i am devastated at the news about @jackiejcollins i knew her, she was a class act & a lady the diarist of hollywood at it's best & worst— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) September 20, 2015
Former Little House On The Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert, who starred in Collins' Hollywood Wives miniseries alongside Farrah Fawcett said: "An amazing woman. Talented. Funny. Kind. One of my very favorite producers ever. She will be deeply missed."
Comedian and former Ally McBeal actress Sandra Bernhard wrote: "I am devastated at the news about @jackiejcollins i knew her, she was a class act & a lady the diarist of hollywood at it's best & worst.
"German vogue did a story on me & @jackiejcollins it was a lunch & girl talk we both wore leopard & laughed our asses off."
James Bond star Sir Roger Moore said: "A great shock to hear @jackiejcollins has left us. What a talented lady. Our thoughts are with @Joancollinsdbe and her family."