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Bestselling novelist Jackie Collins dies from cancer, aged 77

ackie Collins arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party in West Hollywood, Calif. Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
ackie Collins arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party in West Hollywood, Calif. Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Actress Joan Collins (R) and writer Jackie Collins arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, in this February 22, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files
In this July 19, 1984 file photo, author Jackie Collins poses with her books at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (AP Photo, File)
In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, actress Joan Collins, right, poses with her sister, author Jackie Collins at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif. Jackie Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York in this June 10, 2008 file photo. Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer at age 77, her family said in a statement. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York in this June 10, 2008 file photo. Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer at age 77, her family said in a statement. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York in this June 10, 2008 file photo. Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer at age 77, her family said in a statement. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
British author Jackie Collins poses for a portrait in New York in this June 10, 2008 file photo. Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer at age 77, her family said in a statement. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
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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".

Family Statement:It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind...

Posted by Jackie Collins on Saturday, 19 September 2015

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:

In this July 19, 1984 file photo, author Jackie Collins poses with her books at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (AP Photo, File)
In this July 19, 1984 file photo, author Jackie Collins poses with her books at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (AP Photo, File)

"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.

In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, actress Joan Collins, right, poses with her sister, author Jackie Collins at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif. Jackie Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, actress Joan Collins, right, poses with her sister, author Jackie Collins at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif. Jackie Collins, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 77. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

"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.

British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York in this June 10, 2008 file photo. Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer at age 77, her family said in a statement. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York in this June 10, 2008 file photo. Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer at age 77, her family said in a statement. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

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."

Read more: Dame Joan Collins 'devastated' after novelist sister Jackie passes away

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.

Read more: Long before Fifty Shades: Jackie Collins thrilled millions with her steamy Hollywood stories

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."

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."

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