Sister's heartbreaking tribute to author’s stepdaughter, 41, killed in crash with dogs a year after writer's death

A SISTER has paid tribute to an author’s stepdaughter who was killed a year after the writer's death.

Leonora Riley called Olivia, 41, her "sister", “best friend” and “guardian angel” after she died with her dogs.

Olivia, whose stepmum was the late best-selling author Lucinda Riley, was killed on Saturday with her three Golden Retrievers in Chelsea, West London.

Leonora wrote on Instagram: “My sister, my best friend, and my guardian angel.

"No words can ever express how much you mean to me. You will forever be my partner in crime. I love you. And I miss you.”

Stepbrother and author Harry Whittaker added: “As a sibling, Livi was unfalteringly positive, true, and the most dependable person I knew.


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"She was kind, forgiving and big-hearted. I will sorely miss her bright, stoic presence in our family.

“In her work life, she ran the Lucinda Riley Ltd. office with enormous efficiency and ease, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do without her.

“Remember to seize that day, and raise an absolutely enormous voddy and Coke to her.”

A man, 26, was arrested and released on bail for causing death by dangerous driving. 

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Lucinda died last year from cancer.

Her Seven Sisters series, which began in 2014, became an international best-seller, with sales of more than 20million. 

Olivia was the primary contact for all 37 of her stepmother's global publishers and ran social media profiles and websites as part of her duties, reports The Telegraph.

Olivia's uncle Mark Riley, 71, said he was rendered "completely incomprehensible" when he was told about her death.

He told the Daily Mail: "It was something that is impossible to comprehend.

"Nobody should have to go through that at all.

"As an individual, you just could not hope to ever meet anybody who could be so joyful, full of life and considerate of others.

"She had an infectious sense of humour and was a confidante for all the family members.

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"This void is never  going to be filled apart from all the fantastic memories.

"She was very exceptional and was fantastic to be around." 

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