Her most recent triumphs included Â on Amazon Prime and the upcoming The Mysterious Benedict Society on Disney+.
Her many books, which have sold more than 150 million copies, also included fiction featuring Jesus she was raised Catholic but later distanced herself from organized religion and erotic novels under the names Anne Rampling and A.
Halligan grew up in Glen Falls, New York, where he was inspired by the sounds of big band bandleaders Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.
He did not have to lie submerged in pain.
The 37-year-old model and actor was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after the incident in the La Rosière ski resort in the Savoie region but didn't make it.
Her daughters, actress Ashley Judd and singer Wynonna Judd, shared the news in a heartbreaking statement.