Tributes poured in as the romance novelist Jackie Collins dies at age of 77 due to breast cancer.
The 77 year-old British-American romance novelist Jackie Collins died of breast cancer, 19 September 2015, two weeks before her 78th birthday. She was first diagnosed with stage 4 breast in 2009 and had kept the illness secret from all but her closest family and friends. She is the younger sister of 82 year-old actress Joan Collins. Jackie, known for her passion in writing. Her books have sold over 500 million copies and eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, films or television mini-series.
Her fans pays tribute to her death and posted messages on social media. She was admired and adored by many and that she’s really a great loss specially to the family. “She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she had entertained for more than four decades. 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,” her family stated the day she died.
Her older sister Joan Collins tweeted: “Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace. She also told reporters, “She was my best friend, I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.” Joan Collins was completely devastated upon the loss of her sister Jackie Collins.
In statement of Sally Richardson, president and publisher of St. Martin’s Press, “She was an innovator whose creativity, fearlessness and wicked sense of humor entertained millions of readers around the globe. She took great pride in writing ‘kick ass heroines’ who took readers on a wild ride. We were thrilled and honored to go on that journey with Jackie. I speak for myself and everyone at St. Martin’s Press when I say we will miss her beyond measure.”
In her last interview, Jackie Collins told People magazine, “I never pretended to be a literary writer. I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say. I’ve written five books since the diagnosis, I’ve lived my life, I’ve travelled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it.” She will surely remains in the hearts of many, as her books remains to be read. IMAGE/ REUTERS