Jackie’s family released a statement.
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 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.”
Jackie was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer six-and-a-half years ago but chose to keep it private, confiding mostly in her three daughters: Tracy, Tiffany, and Rory. She sat down for an interview on September 14 to talk about her diagnosis, her treatments, which included lumpectomy, radiation, and various drug courses and combinations, as well as her decision to keep it quiet while she lived a full life.
“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. Now I want to save other people’s lives.”
Jackie’s novels have sold over 500 million copies, but she said it was spending time with her family, which includes her sister Joan Collins, her brother Bill, her daughters, and her six grandchildren that brought her the most enjoyment.
I love being with my family. I love sitting out by the pool and watching my [grandkids] play.”
As for her daughters, she said:
I’m so proud of them… I want them to feel secure and I want them to feel whatever happens, I’ll always be there.”
Her full interview will be published in People. Jackie lived an amazing life to the very end. May she RIP. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Private memorials are being planned in the US and the UK. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, people can send donations to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization in the US or the Penny Brohn Cancer Care in the U.K.
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