(dailymail) – Best-selling author Jackie Collins, queen of the ‘bonkbuster’, dies aged 77 after secretly battling breast cancer

BREAKING NEWS:

  • Jackie Collins, 77, kept her cancer diagnosis almost entirely to herself 
  • Gave an emotional interview five days ago saying she had no regrets
  • Collins said she had lived life like Frank Sinatra, and ‘done it my way’
  • Tearfully added that she would ‘always be there’ for her three daughters 

 

Jackie Collins has died aged 77 after a long battle with breast cancer.

The English novelist was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago but kept her illness almost entirely to herself.

A spokesman for her family told People magazine: ‘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.’

The best-selling author, who is the sister of actress Joan Collins, 82, had spoken to her three daughters Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46, about her illness.

She gave an interview from her home in Beverly Hills five days ago, saying she had no regrets.

Collins said she had lived life like Frank Sinatra, and ‘done it my way’.

In the interview with People, she said: ‘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 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.’

During the emotional interview, Collins – who also has a brother and six grandchildren – said that her family had always been her greatest love.

‘I love being with my family,’ she said. ‘I love sitting out by the pool and watching my [grandkids] play.’

She fought back tears as she added that she wanted her daughters to know that she would ‘always be there’ for them.

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The best-selling author (left), who is the sister of actress Joan Collins (right), was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago

The best-selling author (left), who is the sister of actress Joan Collins (right), was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago

During the emotional interview, Collins (pictured) - who also has a brother and six grandchildren - said that her family had always been her greatest love

During the emotional interview, Collins (pictured) – who also has a brother and six grandchildren – said that her family had always been her greatest love

Collins (right) gave an interview from her home in Beverly Hills five days ago, saying she had no regrets

Collins (right) gave an interview from her home in Beverly Hills five days ago, saying she had no regrets