Best-selling English novelist Jackie Collins died on Saturday at the age 77.
Collins died of breast cancer in Los Angeles, publicist Melody Korenbrot told The Associated Press.
“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 4 decades,” Collins’ family said in a statement. “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.”
Known for her steamy romance titles, Collins first novel “The World Is Full of Married Men” was published in 1968. Her breakthrough came in 1983 with the wildly successful “Hollywood Wives,” making Collins a household name.
According to her website, Collins sold more than 500 million copies of her books worldwide, with over thirty New York Times bestsellers to her name. She started writing as a teenager for eager classmates who loved her steamy stories.
Collins’ latest novel The Santangelos was recommended by the Toronto Star’s Sarah Murdoch as an escapism summer read. This was the ninth novel in Collins’ series about the Santangelo family.
Collins was the younger sister of “Dynasty” actress Joan Collins.
- With files from The Canadian Press