British romantic novelist Barbara Cartland has died just two months away from her 99th birthday.
She passed away peacefully in her sleep after a short illness, said her son Ian McCorquodale.
"She had a wonderful life," he said. "I think that she will be remembered as a writer of wonderful romance books that brought so much joy to so many people.
"She lived a full and fulfilling life, which touched many people around the world."
Dame Barbara, whose daughter, Raine was the stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the world's most successful authors.
She was known as the Queen of Romance, writing 723 books with estimated worldwide sales of one billion copies in 36 languages.
Full text of obit at:http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/entertainment/default.stm
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