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lasting legacy Tributes paid as best-selling Irish author Lucinda Riley passes away after cancer battle

Ms Riley was described by her family as having "radiated love and kindness in everything she did"

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Lucinda Riley was born in Drumbeg but spent the last years of her life living in County Cork

Lucinda Riley was born in Drumbeg but spent the last years of her life living in County Cork

Lucinda Riley was born in Drumbeg but spent the last years of her life living in County Cork

Lucinda Riley, author of The Lost Sister and the Seven Sisters series has died after a long battle with cancer.

The best-selling author, who was born in Drumbeg, Northern Ireland, had been living in Clonakilty in County Cork.

Born in 1966, she moved to London in her teens to study drama, but in later life began writing.

Since her first novel was published in 1992, she has sold over 30 million copies of her books.

A statement issued by her family said: "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.

“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.

“In her own 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'.”

Ms Riley’s publisher, Jeremy Trevathan of Pan Macmillan, also paid tribute to the author.

He said: “Lucinda had an enormous capacity for fun, friendship and love and I was honoured to call her a friend. I, and the whole team at Pan Mac, are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to go on this journey with her.

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“I am going to miss her terribly and I know many of my colleagues here and around the world will do so too.”

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