Author Jackie Collins, who wrote 31 best sellers, died Saturday. She was 77.
Publicist Melody Korenbrot told the Los Angeles Times Collins died from breast cancer despite having undergone a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. Collins talked about her illness in an interview with People, saying she had written five books since she was diagnosed and "traveled all over the world."
"Everyone has read her books," Korenbrot said. "I've seen them on airplanes, hotels, beaches.
"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 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," the announcement on jackiecollins.com reads.
— E! Online (@eonline) September 20, 2015
Collins' first novel, "The World Is Full of Married Men," was published in 1968, and banned in Australia and South Africa. Romance writer Barbara Cartland described it as "nasty, filthy and disgusting." The controversy boosted sales, leading to her second novel in 1969, "The Stud," which also made the bestseller list.
Among her other titles were "The World Is Full of Divorced Women," "Lovers & Gamblers," "Chances" and "Hollywood Wives."
Condolences, including from Hillary Clinton, were posted on Twitter.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) September 20, 2015
— Hillary Clinton (@VoteHillary2016) September 20, 2015