Jackie Collins lost her fight to breast cancer yesterday, and her sister Joan has been leading the emotional Twitter tributes.
Collins’ raunchy novels focused on the glamorous lives of the rich and famous, and sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries.
In fact, her books were so well loved that all 32 of her novels appeared in the New York Times bestseller list. Wow.
The British-born author managed to keep her illness relatively secret, even from her sister, despite being diagnosed back in 2009. She died in LA on Saturday age 77.
Yesterday, Dame Joan Collins took to Twitter to share her grief. Alongside a photo of her and Jackie as children, she wrote: ‘Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace.’
After finding out about her ‘best friend’s illness just two weeks ago, Joan told People magazine: ‘I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and beautiful person and I love her.’
A whole host of other celebrities who knew and loved Jackie have also taken to social media to share touching tributes.
James Bond star Sir Roger Moore tweeted: ‘A great shock to hear @jackiejcollins has left us. What a talented lady. Our thoughts are with @Joancollinsdbe and her family.’
Sharon Osbourne also shared a photo of her and Jackie, wrotign: ‘Shocked & devastated at the death of @JackiejCollins. Loved & respected her. Thoughts & prayers go out to her family.’
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Oprah Winfrey posted: ‘I always loved our interviews’, while BBC presenter Graham Norton wrote that ‘everyone who met her was Lucky. I’m so very sad to hear about @jackiejcollins. She was the definition of a class act.’
A day after the news of her death, sister Joan gave her fans an update as to how she’s feeling.
‘Desperately sad today but I know Jackie would want me to be strong but it’s hard to lose somebody so wonderful, so incredible& loving’, she tweeted.’
Sad news about one incredible author.