Jackie Collins, the ultra-glamorous best-selling novelist, has passed away after a long, but private battle with breast cancer.
Collins was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer six-and-a-half years ago, but never disclosed her condition to the public.
“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,” said the Collins family in a statement.
“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.”
In her last interview, Collins revealed that she had no regrets about keeping her diagnosis private.
“Looking back, I’m not sorry about anything I did,” she told PEOPLE. “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 traveled 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.”
Rest In Peace Miss Collins. Heaven will finally get a much needed touch of glamour and scandal with you in it.