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Best-selling romance novelist, Johanna Lindsey, dies after losing her battle with stage 4 lung cancer aged 67

  • Johanna Lindsey lost battle with Stage 4 lung cancer on October 27; she was 67
  • The prolific romance writer authored nearly 60 titles throughout 40-year career
  • Lindsey started career in 70s and released her first title ‘Captive Bride’ in 1977
  • Her titles include: ‘Savage Thunder, Captive of My Desires, Once a Princess’

Best-selling romance novelist, Johanna Lindsey, who was battling Stage 4 lung cancer, has died. She was 67.

The writer, who authored nearly 60 titles throughout her career, died in Nashua, New Hampshire, on October 27, according to The New York Times. 

Her son, Alfred, said his mother died of complications from the lung cancer. 

Best-selling romance novelist, Johanna Lindsey, who was battling Stage 4 lung cancer, has died. She was 67

Best-selling romance novelist, Johanna Lindsey, who was battling Stage 4 lung cancer, has died. She was 67

Beautiful Tempest was published in June 2017

Temptation's Darling was published in July 2019

During her 40-year career, her published titles included: ‘Savage Thunder, Captive of My Desires, Once a Princess, Beautiful Tempest and Temptation’s Darling’

Her son told the Times that the family had been too devastated by her death to announce it in October. 

Lindsey started her career in the 1970s and released her first title ‘Captive Bride’ in 1977.

Captive Bride told the story of an Englishwomn who was kidnapped by a sheik.

Following her first novel, which was published by Avon Books, Lindsey began writing and publishing two books per year.

In 2001, after 37 best-sellers, Lindsey left Avon for Simon & Schuster, according to the Times. 

Her books sold at least 60 million copies. 

During her 40-year career, her published titles included: ‘Savage Thunder, Captive of My Desires, Once a Princess.’

Her most recent book ‘Temptation’s Darling’ was published this year.

Wildfire in His Arms was published in June 2015

Stormy Persuasion was published June 2014

In 2001, after 37 best-sellers, Lindsey left Avon for Simon & Schuster, according to the Times. Other publications include ‘Wildfire in His Arms and Stormy Persuasion’ 

Lindsey also authored 'Marry Me by Sundown' which was published July 2018

Lindsey also authored ‘Marry Me by Sundown’ which was published July 2018 

Fans and other novelists took to social media to remember Lindsey, who some say was an ‘inspiration’.

‘I’m heartbroken to hear about Johanna Lindsey. She’s one of the authors who inspired me to become a romance writer. I still have most of her books (tattered and read-worn) because they are worth reading over and over again,’ author Tammy L. Bailey tweeted. 

Romance author, Suleikha Snyder, tweeted: ‘Woke up to the news of Johanna Lindsey’s passing. SECRET FIRE was the first romance novel I ever got from the library (and got caught reading and wasn’t allowed to finish…oops!). Her impact on the genre, on writers who came after, was enormous.’

Best-selling author, Cora Carmack, wrote: ‘Wow. I just read a Johanna Lindsey book a couple months ago. I can remember my mom reading them when I was a kid. A giant in the industry. A huge loss.’

‘Goodbye to a woman who shaped my formative years as a reader and writer. Rest In Peace Johanna Lindsey,’ another tweeted. 

‘So many lovers of the genre cut their teeth on Johanna Lindsey’s books. The news of her death is shocking and devastating,’ one author shared. 

Lindsey is survived by three sons and four grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 1994.

Best-selling romance novelist, Johanna Lindsey, dies after losing her battle with lung cancer

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez enjoy another day of their St Barth getaway with her son as they explore the French Caribbean island

  • Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were spotted on vacation with her son Monday
  • Sanchez’s oldest son, Nikko Gonzalez, 18, met Bezos for the first time in July 
  • Bezos, Sanchez and her son are enjoying a luxurious holiday trip in St Barth  
  • On Sunday, they spent time with Roman Abramovich’s ex-wife Dasha Zhukova
  • It is understood that all three enjoyed time on a mega yacht – named Rising Sun – which is owned by DreamWorks founder David Geffen and is worth $200million 
  • Karlie Kloss and her husband Josh Kushner also spent time on the yacht Sunday
  • Kloss and Kushner are friends with Dasha and her boyfriend Stavros Niarchos  

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were seen causally strolling through St Barth with her son, Nikko Gonzalez, as they explored the French Caribbean island on Monday. 

The billionaire Amazon founder, 55, and his former news anchor partner, 50, enjoyed another day on the Caribbean island with Nikko, 18, in tow.   

Sanchez sported a flirty, white dress with ruffles as Bezos kept it relaxed with multi-print shorts and a dark shirt. 

The couple enjoyed another romantic moment at one of the island’s restaurants.

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Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez (both left) were seen causally strolling through St Barth with her son, Nikko Gonzalez (pictured wearing black hat)

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez (both left) were seen causally strolling through St Barth with her son, Nikko Gonzalez (pictured wearing black hat)

The billionaire Amazon founder, 55, and his former news anchor partner, 50, enjoyed another day on the Caribbean island with Nikko, 18, in tow

Bezos and Sanchez

The billionaire Amazon founder, 55, and his former news anchor partner, 50, enjoyed another day on the Caribbean island with Nikko, 18, in tow

On Monday, Sanchez sported a flirty, white dress with ruffles as Bezos kept it relaxed with multi-print shorts and a dark shirt

On Monday, Sanchez sported a flirty, white dress with ruffles as Bezos kept it relaxed with multi-print shorts and a dark shirt

Sanchez's children appeared to share a few laughs as they walked behind the billionaire and their mother

Sanchez’s children appeared to share a few laughs as they walked behind the billionaire and their mother 

The couple held hands until they arrived at a local restaurant on the island on Monday

Bezos pictured holding Sanchez's hand

The couple held hands until they arrived at a local restaurant on the island on Monday 

The couple enjoyed another romantic moment at one of the island's restaurants

The couple enjoyed another romantic moment at one of the island’s restaurants

Sanchez flashed a smile as she enjoyed day two of her family's trip to St Barth on Monday

Sanchez flashed a smile as she enjoyed day two of her family’s trip to St Barth on Monday 

Nikko, Sanchez’s oldest son, met Bezos for the first time in New York City in July. 

 The couple are understood to have spent time on DreamWorks founder David Geffen’s $200million megayacht, named Rising Sun, over the weekend. 

They were joined by Roman Abramovich’s ex-wife Dasha Zhukova.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss, 27, and her husband Josh Kushner, 34, were also spotted on the $200million boat on Sunday. 

Bezos sported a blue shirt with black shorts as Sanchez donned a white t-shirt and multi-colored shorts. 

At one point Sanchez and Bezos were seen being helped onto the yacht during an outing on Sunday. 

One photo shows Sanchez rubbing the back of Bezos’ head as they relax on the boat.  

On Sunday, Bezos and Sanchez were spotted with Dasha Zhukova in St Barth

On Sunday, Bezos and Sanchez were spotted with Dasha Zhukova in St Barth

Jeff Bezos

At one point they were seen being helped onto the yacht during an outing on Sunday

The billionaire (left) sported a blue shirt with black shorts as Sanchez (right) donned a white t-shirt and multi-colored shorts. Sanchez was spotted wearing a large ring on her right hand

One photo shows Sanchez rubbing the back of Bezos' head as they relax on the boat

One photo shows Sanchez rubbing the back of Bezos’ head as they relax on the boat

Dasha (pictured) has two children with Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Abramovich

Dasha (pictured) has two children with Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Abramovich

Their relationship was revealed on January 10, a day after Bezos and his wife Mackenzie announced they were separating.

The couple are thought to have been spending time with Dasha Zhukova, 38, who has two children with Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Abramovich. 

Court documents filed in New York show Abrahmovich, 53, and Zhukova finalized their divorced in August last year.

In July this year it was reported Zhukova was engaged to long-term boyfriend and Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, 34. He is also thought to have also been on the trip to St Barth.

Kloss and her husband Josh, who is the younger brother of Jared Kushner, son-in-law and special adviser to Donald Trump, are close friends with Dasha and Niarchos.

The Rising Sun has hosted a number of other guests in the past, including Wendi Deng and Princess Beatrice, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, Chris Rock and Bruce Springsteen. 

Karlie Kloss, 27, and husband Josh Kushner, 34, are also enjoying a holiday on St Barth

Karlie Kloss, 27, and husband Josh Kushner, 34, are also enjoying a holiday on St Barth

Model Kloss was on board mega yacht - named Rising Sun - which is owned by multi-billionaire business magnate and Founder of DreamWorks, David Geffen, and is worth $200million

Model Kloss was on board mega yacht – named Rising Sun – which is owned by multi-billionaire business magnate and Founder of DreamWorks, David Geffen, and is worth $200million

Dasha’s ex Abramovich is also thought to be in the Caribbean, spending time on his own 533ft yacht called Eclipse. 

In October, it was reported that Sanchez and her husband Patrick Whitesell were in the process of finalizing their divorce.  

They reached an agreement for the terms of their divorce and will share joint custody of their son and daughter while dividing the property according to the terms of their prenuptial agreement, legal documents revealed.

Their 14-year marriage came to an end when Whitesell found out Bezos and Sanchez were having an affair.

David Geffen's yacht Rising Sun, pictured in 2013, is playing host to the celebs in St Barth

David Geffen’s yacht Rising Sun, pictured in 2013, is playing host to the celebs in St Barth

The past few months have not only been filled with plenty of travel, yacht stays, and parties but also a fair few controversies for Bezos and Sanchez – not least the mogul’s very public divorce from his ex-wife, who walked away from their marriage with a hefty settlement that included $38billion worth of Amazon stock. 

In September the pair enjoyed a boat trip through Venice and just a few weeks before that, they were again hosted as guests of billionaire Geffen.

They enjoyed a tour of some of Europe’s most exotic locales alongside the music producer and a host of other high-profile guests, including music producer Scooter Braun.

During that trip, the loved-up pair traveled to Mallorca, Saint-Tropez, and Portofino, before traveling back to the US.

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez enjoy another day of their St Barth getaway with her son

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