Publicist Melody Korenbrot says Collins died of breast cancer on Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77.
Collins was the best-selling English author known for writing novels about extravagance, glamour and affluent life in Hollywood. She was the sister of actress Joan Collins.
Collins' family said in a statement 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.
- "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. 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 4 decades. 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."