Best-selling author Jackie Collins, whose 32 hugely popular but often controversial steamy novels chronicled the fast and extravagant life of the Hollywood glamorous set and of Mafia families, died on Saturday, reports said. She was 77.
The cause of death was breast cancer, her family revealed.
The British-American author, who moved to Los Angeles in 1980, was the younger sister of acclaimed actress Joan Collins.
Collins was married twice and is survived by her three daughters.
The late author’s family released a statement stating that she had broken new ground for female writers in fiction.
“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 over four 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.”