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Joan Collins’ sister, best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, has died of breast cancer at the age of 77, her family announced.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one-of-a-kind mother,” the statement said.

The British-born writer died in Los Angeles, her spokeswoman said.

Jackie Collins’s career spanned four decades and she sold more than 500 million books in 40 countries.

The family statement said the writer lived “a wonderfully full life”, adored by family, friends and readers.Jackie Collins dead at 77

“She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words,” it added.

Jackie Collins was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer 6-and-a-half years ago, according to People magazine.

Joan Collins, 82, told the publication she was “completely devastated”.

“She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her,” the actress said.

Jackie Collins began writing as a teenager, making up racy stories for her school friends, according to a biography on her website.

Her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968 and became a scandalous bestseller. It was banned in Australia and branded “disgusting” by romance writer Barbara Cartland.

In 1985, Jackie Collins’ novel Hollywood Wives was made into a mini-series by ABC, starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen.

Jackie Collins is survived by her three daughters, Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46, and six grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held in the US and the UK.


Joan Collins has denied that she was arrested in the Republic of Ireland.

Irish politician Joan Collins was arrested at a protest against new water meters in Dublin on April 20.

Actress Joan Collins has taken to Twitter saying: “No I am not the Joan Collins Who was a rested (sic) yesterday At a Dublin protest meeting !!! The very idea !!”

United Left TD Joan Collins said she was taking part in a “peaceful protest”.Joan Collins denies arrest

The politician later tweeted that she should not be confused with the British actress.

“For the record I’m not @JoanCollinsOBE as I’d never take an honor from a monarch nor did I wear shoulder pads in the 80s. The very idea!”

Joan Collins, 81, was made a dame in the Queen’s New Year’s honors list in 2014.

She was previously a patron of UKIP, but said that does not mean she would vote for them, and has declared herself an admirer of former PM Margaret Thatcher.

Irish parliamentarian Joan Collins sits on the opposite end of the political spectrum.

Joan Collins was among 13 people arrested at the demonstration, which was part of continuing protests against the introduction of water charges in Ireland.


In a series of tweets, 79-year-old Joan Collins has offered slimming tips ranging from the tongue-in-cheek to the frankly bizarre.

Joan Collins’s daily morsels of advice for her 100,000 followers began on January 8, starting with: “Some hot tips for losing those stubborn Xmas pounds, #1 best exercise – push yourself away from the dining table. More tomorrow.”

Since then she has recommended eating nothing but eggs one day a week, brushing your teeth with peppermint toothpaste to quash hunger pangs and drinking tequila instead of wine.

Unfortunately, not all of Joan Collins’ suggestions have been met with the respect she may feel they deserve.

In a series of tweets, 79-year-old Joan Collins has offered slimming tips ranging from the tongue-in-cheek to the frankly bizarre

In a series of tweets, 79-year-old Joan Collins has offered slimming tips ranging from the tongue-in-cheek to the frankly bizarre

One fan wrote: “I take the seafood diet: When I see food, I eat.”

And in response to her advice to eat from smaller plates, another quipped: “Have you tried dolly cutlery Joan, fools your brain into thinking you’re having a full meal!”

Joan Collins suggests eating less red meat and white foods such as bread and pasta, and ditching “bloating” fizzy drinks.