Best-selling author Jackie Collins has passed away at the age of 77 after a private battle with breast cancer.
She was reportedly diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago but kept her illness almost entirely to herself.
A spokesman for her family told People magazine: ‘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 4 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.’