Debbie Ford, the author of self-help bible The Dark Side Of Light Chasers, has died, aged 57.

The author lost her battle with cancer at her home in California on Sunday (17Feb13).

A statement posted on Ford's website by her sister Arielle reads, "She had accomplished her mission, even though she would have liked more time with her son Beau and her family...

"Her legacy and work will live on through the programs she developed and through her loving and devoted staff at The Ford Institute for Transformational Training."

As well as writing a nine books, Ford fronted workshops and hosted Tv and radio shows aimed at helping people face their fears. She often shared her personal battles with drug addiction and divorce.

Her books also included titles like Spiritual Divorce and The Best Year Of Your Life. She co-wrote The Shadow Effect with self-help guru Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson.