Bestselling novelist Jackie Collins died Saturday in Los Angeles after a battle with breast cancer, her publicist said. She was 77.
Collins hadn't revealed that she had the illness except to her family and closest friends, but she spoke about it in a recent interview with People, which revealed that she had undergone a lumpectomy and radiation treatment, said Melody Korenbrot, who was her publicist for 32 years.
"I've written five books since the diagnosis, I've lived my life, I've travelled all over the world," she told People.
Korenbrot said Collins wrote 31 bestselling novels, including "Hollywood Wives," which together sold more than 500 million copies around the world.
"Everyone read her books," Korenbrot said. "I've seen them on airplanes, hotels, beaches."