Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold has died, age 62
'A trailblazer, a visionary, and the most incredible woman'
Jacqueline Gold, the boss of Ann Summers, has died at the age of 62, her family has announced.
Jacqueline had been receiving treatment for stage 4 breast cancer for seven years but tragically passed away yesterday, 16 March.
The businesswoman, who was made a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to entrepreneurship, women in business and social enterprise, had been at the helm of Ann Summers for decades.
Her famous father David Gold, the co-chairman of West Ham United, also died just a few weeks ago after a short illness.
In a statement shared publicly today on the Ann Summers pages, it was confirmed that Jacqueline had died surrounded by her family.
It described her as an ‘absolute warrior’, ‘trailblazer, a visionary, and the most incredible woman’.
The full statement, signed by her sister Vanessa, says: “It is with unspeakable sadness I’m writing to let you know that my incredible sister – our amazing Ann Summers Executive Chair, Jacqueline, passed away yesterday evening with Dan, Scarlett, Nick and I by her side on the final steps of her incredible journey.
“Jacqueline courageously battled stage 4 breast cancer for 7 years and was an absolute warrior throughout her cancer journey.
“In life she was a trailblazer, a visionary, and the most incredible woman, all of which makes this news that much harder to share.
“As a family, we are utterly heartbroken at the loss of our wife, mum, sister and best friend.
“I appreciate so many of you will want to pay your respects to our incredible Jacqueline, but for now, we ask for time to grieve this huge loss to our family, privately.
“With much love, Vanessa x”
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