Over the weekend news broke that famed romance author Jackie Collins passed away
after a six year battle with breast cancer on Saturday, September 19th. The 77
year old published over 36 novels during her four decade career, primarily
focusing on the inner workings of the rich and famous. She is survived by her
three adult daughters.
According to PEOPLE Collins
chose to keep her cancer diagnosis private until a few weeks ago.
Collins, who sat down with PEOPLE on Sept. 14 at her Beverly Hills home for what
would be her last interview, had no regrets about the decision to keep her
cancer journey private while she embraced a very full life until her very last
days. "Looking back, I'm not sorry about anything I did," she said during the
far-ranging interview that saw her spirited, warm and utterly at peace.
"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," said Collins, whose treatments over the years
included a lumpectomy, radiation and various drug courses and combinations.
A private memorial service will be held in the United Kingdom. Collins' final
book, THE SANTANGELOS,
was published in June.
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