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Tributes pour in for Jackie Collins

Joe Williams September 20, 2015

Actress Joan Collins has lead tributes to her late sister, saying she is “completely devastated” by her death.

Hollywood actress Joan Collins led the tributes to her sister in a statement, saying she was “completely devastated” by the loss.

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

“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,” the Collins family said in a statement.

“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.”

A host of stars have paid tribute to the iconic author, who sadly lost her battle with cancer on Saturday (September 19).

Stars from across the entertainment industry took to social media to express their condolences and share fond memories of the best-selling writer – who sold approximately half a billion books during her lengthy career.

Presenter Graham Norton was one of the first to take to Twitter, calling her “the definition of a class act”.

Sharon Osbourne, Kathy Griffin and Kris Jenner also shared their love for the star.

Ms Collins was also a strong LGBT advocate – saying that many of her novels were inspired by the gay men in her life.

“It may sound cliché, but some of my best friends are gay and I always have a better time with them than I do straight people,” she told The Advocate in 2014.

Collins was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2009 but chose to keep her illness out of the public eye, and told People in an interview on September 14 that she had no regrets.

“Looking back, I’m not sorry about anything I did,” she said. “I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say.

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