Jackie Collins dies of breast cancer at 77

Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins died Saturday of breast cancer at the age of 77, People magazine reported. Publicist Melody Korenbrot told the Associated Press that Collins died of breast cancer on Saturday in Los Angeles.

“She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades,” her family said in a statement to the magazine.

Collins' family said that she was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force who entertained millions of readers for over four decades.

Collins was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer over six years ago.

She is survived by her daughters Tracy, Tiffany and Rory, her six grandchildren, as well as her brother Bill and sister, actress Joan Collins.

Unlike her older sister Joan, the "Dynasty" actress who was part of the 1980s Hollywood glitterati, Jackie Collins chose to document LA lives in her pulpy, page-turning fiction.

She began publishing novels in the late 1960s and put out several in the 1970s but had her breakthrough and became a celebrity in her own right with 1983's "Hollywood Wives."

It sold more than 15 million copies, led to sequels and became a hit TV miniseries.

Collins’ novels have sold over 500 million combined copies internationally.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.