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When did Jackie Collins die and what was her cause of death?

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JACKIE Collins was known as the Queen of the bonkbuster for her highly successful romance novels.

The author – who wrote 32 books – sadly past away aged 77, leaving her followers in mourning.

When did Jackie Collins die and what was her cause of death?

On September 19, 2015, two weeks before her 78th birthday, Jackie died of breast cancer.

The writer had been diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer more than six years before her death but kept her illness under wraps.

“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,” Jackie’s family said in a statement to People at the time.

The statement continued: “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.

Jackie Collins died of breast cancer on September 19, 2015


Jackie Collins died of breast cancer on September 19, 2015Credit: Getty

“She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction, and a creative force.

“She will live on through her characters, but we already miss her beyond words.”

What is Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story?

Laura Fairrie’s documentary Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story previously aired on CNN.

The documentary traces the author’s career and meteoric rise to the top of the best-seller lists, while also revealing the personal struggles that shaped her work.

Director Fairrie drew on Collins’ home videos and diaries – while also conducting interviews with her children, close friends, and sister, Joan Collins.

When asked by Variety about how different Collin’s public and private personas were, Fairrie said “Collins stood in such opposition to that public image.”

“The private Jackie Collins stood in such opposition to that public image. I went through her archives, which were extensive, to start finding the layers and find the woman whose story is a universal story.

“Her storytelling is absolutely brilliant,” Fairrie said.

Fairrie added: “She imagined the world that she wanted to inhabit as a woman. She imagined the female characters that she’d like to be. But it’s also grounded in reality.

“She took her own experiences. She took the tough times that she observed other woman having and her mother having and she put that all in her books, but then she changed the endings to be what she wanted.

“There’s always a brilliant imaginary ending where the women come out on top or the tables get turned or the men get their comeuppance. I think women really enjoyed that aspect of her books.”

How can I watch Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story?

In the States Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story aired back in June 2021 on CNN.

To stream Collins’ story or rewatch it, you can subscribe to Sling TV.

Folks can also log in to their TV provider on CNN.com to check out Collins’ documentary and other CNN exclusive content.

In the UK the documentary is available to watch via BBC iPlayer here.

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