Katie Price's ghostwriter dies
Author Rebecca Farnworth, who gave Katie Price her literary success by ghostwriting her novels and autobiographies, has died at the age of 49.
The mother of three wrote 14 books under Price's name over the past decade, with the first - Being Jordan - selling in excess of a million copies, and generating a fortune.
Farnworth, who teamed up with the model and businesswoman after forging a career as a radio producer and print journalist, died from cancer, her literary agent Maggie Hanbury said.
The Brighton-based writer also published fiction in her own right, beginning in 2009 with Valentine, followed by two other books A Funny Thing About Love and Swimming Pool Summer.
Ms Hanbury said: "Rebecca Farnworth had a rare talent. She wrote three romantic novels under her own name but perhaps ironically achieved greater fame - because it was an open secret - ghostwriting Katie Price's books.
"Vibrant and full of life, Rebecca was huge fun to work with, always ready with a quip to set the room alight with laughter. She created memorable authentic characters that seemed to have a life of their own."
She said the first volume of Price's memoirs - written when she used the name Jordan - had been a hit, "much to the amazement of the publishing industry".
"The book broke a mould, creating a new genre that went on to spawn countless other celebrity memoirs. At every turn, Rebecca was totally professional, with a journalist's ability to get to the heart of the matter, always delivering on time a near-faultless manuscript.
"Her natural empathy, humour and zest for life shone through in her work."
She died on November 24, surrounded by friends and family.
In all, she worked on nine of Price's novels and five autobiographies.