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Novelist Jackie Collins dies of breast cancer at age 77

Novelist Jackie Collins died of breast cancer Saturday, her family said. She was 77.
British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York on June 10, 2008. 

Novelist Jackie Collins died of breast cancer Saturday, her family said. She was 77.

"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," said the Collins family in a statement released to NBC News.

Collins wrote more than 30 novels largely about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood — nine of which were adapted into movies or TV mini-series, according to her website. Her latest work, "The Santangelos," was published in 2014.

"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 family's statement, adding that she "was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over 4 decades."

This article first appeared on NBCNews.com