Jackie Collins, born , Jacqueline Jill “Jackie” Collins OBE was a British American romance novelist who moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s, where she lived and wrote most of her novels. She wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list.

Her family announced she died  on September 19, 2015 , from breast cancer aged 77.

Her sister Joan Collins only learnt she had breast cancer two weeks ago, even though she had been diagnosed back in 2009.

Joan, 82, posted a childhood photo of the pair on Twitter and said:

“Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace.”

Speaking to People magazine, Dame Joan added she was “completely devastated” by the news of her sister’s death in the US, and described Jackie as her “best friend”.

Joan and Jackie Collins arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills

The pair attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party earlier this year

In reference to her sibling’s six-and-a-half year battle with breast cancer, she added: “I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and beautiful person and I love her.”

Celebrities and genuine lovers of her salacious novels, have also shared their memories of Jackie Collins.

There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of the power brokers — Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.

Jackie Collins has been called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 500 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and with some twenty-eight New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world’s top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivaled insiders knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous! “I write about real people in disguise,” she says. “If anything, my characters are toned down — the truth is much more bizarre.”

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.”

Sharon Osbourne tweeted a photograph of her with the author, adding: “Shocked & devastated at the death of @JackiejCollins. Loved & respected her. Thoughts & prayers go out to her family.”

Graham Norton, who had interviewed both sisters together on his chat show, said “everyone who met her was Lucky” – a reference to a famous character in her books.

He added: “I’m so very sad to hear about @jackiejcollins. She was the definition of a class act.”

‘RIP Jackie Collins, reading your awesome body of work, allowed me to dream a million dreams, truly, there’s no business like show business’

Read the official press release from her family here

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