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Novelist Jackie Collins dies aged 77
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Novelist Jackie Collins dies aged 77

Kenny Awotorebo

The novelist Jackie Collins has died of breast cancer at the age of 77, her family said in a statement.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one-of-a-kind mother,” the statement said.

The British-born writer, sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, her spokeswoman said.

Collins’s raunchy novels of the rich and famous sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries.

In a career spanning four decades, all 32 of her novels appeared in the New York Times bestseller list.

The family statement said the writer lived “a wonderfully full life”, adored by family, friends and readers.

“She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words,” it added.

Collins was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer six-and-a-half years ago, according to US celebrity magazine People.