Her family released the statement below.
To Lucinda’s friends and readers around the world,
We are so sorry to have to tell you that Lucinda died peacefully this morning, surrounded by her family, who were so important to her. We realise that this will be a terrible shock for most people, who won’t have been aware that Lucinda had been battling cancer for four years.
During those four years, Lucinda penned 5 novels, and this week, The Missing Sister is Number 1 in book charts across the world.
Lucinda touched the lives of all those she met, and those who turned the pages of her stories. She radiated love and kindness in everything she did, and will continue to inspire us all forever.
Above all, Lucinda loved life, and lived every moment to the full.
Riley herself penned the words “Through the pain and the joy of the journey, I have learnt the most important lesson life can offer, and I am glad of it. The moment is all we have.”
Lucinda Riley’s incredible career has seen her sell over 30 million books in 25 countries. Clearly loved by multitudes of readers, her beloved Seven Sisters series, is currently being adapted for screen with book number seven - The Missing Sister – currently sitting in bestseller charts around the world. Her work will endure with a literary legacy left behind.