Bestselling Novelist Jackie Collins Dies at 77

Bestselling Novelist Jackie Collins Dies at 77

It’s a dark day in Hollywood… and in bookstores everywhere. Bestselling author Jackie Collins died of breast cancer on Saturday, Sept. 19. She was 77.

“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,” the family said in a statement to The Insider With Yahoo. “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.”

Collins kept her stage 4 cancer diagnosis private since she received it six and a half years ago, primarily only telling her three daughters, Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46. She didn’t even tell her sister, actress Joan Collins, until just a few weeks ago.

She revealed her illness to People magazine less than a week before her death. “Looking back, I’m not sorry about anything I did,” she said. “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 travelled 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.”

Collins has written a total of 32 novels, and they’ve all appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list, selling more than 500 million copies. Eight have been adapted for the screen.

“[I’m] completely devastated,” Joan, 82, told People of her sister’s death. “She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.”IMG_0114-1

The author was also a good friend to many celebrities, and her dinner parties were legendary. Most of the celebrity have come out on the social media to mourn her demise.

The family — including her sister Joan, brother Bill, three daughters, and six grandchildren — says they will be holding private ceremonies in the U.S. and the U.K., and asks that friends and fans please make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization or Penny Brohn Cancer Care (in the U.K.) in lieu of flowers.

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  1. Vhar.
    September 20, 06:51 Reply


  2. Santa Diaba
    September 20, 06:51 Reply

    I’m heart broken!!! ???

    Jackie Collins wrote the best books. The best. May she rest in peace ?

    And I wish cancer had a physical form that I could kick and stab and kill and pour acid on. Cancer just keeps taking the best people away. I really pray for a cure someday.

  3. Mandy
    September 20, 07:02 Reply

    “Looking back, I’m not sorry about anything I did. 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 travelled 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.”

    At the end of the day, if you can be this fulfilled before you die, then you have lived a full life. Rest in Peace, Jackie Collins, and may we all get to feel the way you felt before passing on.

  4. Andrevn
    September 20, 07:03 Reply

    She has gone to rest and may God grant her family and the literary world the fortitude to forge on over this great loss.

    DM. I know you have her books, we both know you do. Pls way-bill them through ABC Transport and logistics. Tankiu.

    • Dennis Macaulay
      September 20, 08:08 Reply

      Something has to give darling, what will you be giving me in return, (two things come to mind).

      FYI; I have a huge collection of her books, this woman thought me more about sex than my father did lol

        • Dennis Macaulay
          September 20, 08:31 Reply

          I know you like HUGE things!

          But keep moving, this doesn’t concern you

          • Pink Panther
            September 20, 09:14 Reply

            You’re right. Your huge things don’t concern me. Jackie Collins however does.

      • Andrevn
        September 20, 10:16 Reply

        Cite your terms DM. I’m more than capable to oblige you. That’s if it’s gonna make the world a better place, why not?

        But be CAREFUL what you crave. Hehe

  5. Khaleesi
    September 20, 08:06 Reply

    ???? rest in peace Ma’am; you gave us so much beauty through your writing. The world is a much darker and poorer place without you, nevertheless you shall live on in our hearts and through the pages of your great work for years to come …Adieu Jackie …

  6. Dennis Macaulay
    September 20, 08:10 Reply

    You guys know “My way” by Frank Sinatra is my favourite song in the world.

    I love that quote! Living on your own terms!

    Fare thee well Jackie!

    Ogadirigi nma

  7. Chizzie
    September 20, 08:43 Reply

    This is actually really tragic for me and felt personal. I remember as a skinny and pimple ridden 13 year old, coming back from school and seeing an old copy of Hollywood Wives on the floor. I was surprised at the explicitness of the book, and more surprised that it had gay characters! Her books weren’t exactly Pulitzer winning but they ( especially the old ones) had audacity and were very entertaining. I just wished she’d stopped writing about Lucky Santangelo, and I would’ve still remained a fan.

    RIP to such an awesome bitch.

    Meanwhile does anyone have the Epub of Hollywood Wives? not the New Generation please.

    • King Mufasa
      September 20, 17:26 Reply

      Feed my ego … tell me I’m handsome, and I’ll get it for you

  8. iamcoy
    September 20, 22:18 Reply

    Impeccable writer.. she did serenade my soul in my much younger days. The other divide just got richer.

  9. Kester
    September 21, 05:55 Reply

    OMG noooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! She took me to worlds I never knew existed. I love this woman may her bold soul find eternal rest. Cancer na wa oooooo what a way to go. May she be blessed for the solace she gave me and millions of other guys like me who would rather get lost in her Universe than engage in football, she and Sidney Sheldon made me realize what I was Oh the comfort of knowing there were other people like me living fabulous lives. How difficult my life would have been without Jackie, Sidney, Barbara………. Etc

  10. sinnex
    September 21, 17:26 Reply

    Who is this one again? Or better still, what did she write?

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