British Reality TV Star Jade Goody Dead


AFP

LONDON, Mar 22: British reality television star Jade Goody died in her sleep early Sunday aged just 27, her mother and publicist said, after a very public battle with cervical cancer.

Goody died at her home in Upshire, Essex, southeast England, at 3:14 am (0314 GMT) on Britain's Mother's Day, with new husband Jack Tweed and mother Jackiey Budden by her side.

"My beautiful daughter is at peace," Budden said. Goody's publicist Max Clifford added: "She was a very, very brave girl. And she faced her death in the way she faced her whole life -- full on, with a lot of courage".

Goody, an ex-dental nurse from south London, first found fame on Britain's "Big Brother" reality television programme in 2002.

But her rags-to-riches career was nearly ruined when she subjected Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty to racist bullying on the celebrity edition of the show in 2007, referring to her as "Shilpa Poppadom".

The two subsequently made peace, with Goody appearing on the Indian "Big Brother" -- "Bigg Boss", hosted by Shetty -- although she pulled out after receiving her cancer diagnosis.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown led the tributes to Goody Sunday, saying he was "deeply saddened" by her death.

"She was a courageous woman both in life and death and the whole country has admired her determination to provide a bright future for her children," Brown said.

"She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her and her family can be extremely proud of the work she has done to raise awareness of cervical cancer."

Goody's decision to live out her final weeks in the public eye prompted many commentators uncomfortable with the coverage to raise questions about the ethics of reality television.

But she won the hearts of many Britons and was responsible for a huge jump in the number of young women taking tests for cervical cancer.

She married Tweed -- a 21-year-old aspiring footballers' agent jailed last year for attacking a 16-year-old with a golf club -- on February 22, nine days after he proposed in hospital following her terminal diagnosis.

Media rights for the lavish ceremony at a country house hotel north of London were reportedly sold for one million pounds (1.1 million euros, 1.4 million dollars).

Goody plus sons Bobby, five, and Freddy, four -- who she had with her ex-boyfriend, television presenter Jeff Brazier -- were christened on March 7, another event captured by a magazine.

The christening was one of her final requests and her publicist Clifford said she wanted to do it so her sons "know about Jesus and hopefully in the years ahead they'll be able to keep in touch with (her) through Jesus".

On Tuesday, her publishers said they would publish a diary of her dying days.

Even her funeral, to be held at her local church in the next 10 days, is set to be highly public. Clifford said Goody planned it herself and that it would be "very much a Jade Goody production".

Goody always said she was seeking publicity not for herself but to make her sons financially secure when she was gone.

Although some found the spectacle ghoulish, others leapt to her defence.

Her case reportedly led to a 20 percent rise in the number of young women taking smear tests which can detect cervical cancer.

Robert Music, director of cervical cancer charity Jo's Trust, told British media he had "never seen anything like it".

"The Jade effect has been nothing short of phenomenal," he added. "Quite simply, Jade Goody will end up saving lives."

Goody's body was taken out of her home shortly before 8:00 am (0800 GMT) as mourners started leaving floral tributes at the gates of her home.

Speaking outside the house, her mother said: "Family and friends would like privacy at last."

  

Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • A.D'Cunha Shenoy, Mangaluru

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    The only difference in life and death is: death is peace while life is not. Jade is an example. Its a great loss.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • sunitha, bantwal

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    Before saying goodbye to this world she showed us what is the meaning of death and sacrifice.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Rose, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    Courageous woman! May her soul rest in peace & may God bless her children with abudant love.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Joseph F. Gonsalves , Bannur Puttur/Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    Dear Mr. Nihal, I quote your words. “For her death was a sentence of forgiveness for all her sins.” Unquote. I ask you a question does everybody who dies or died are forgiven from their sins or forgiveness of their sins? Every human is sinning that is the reason we are humans. We humans can forgive but every human deeds will be judged later. Are you living only because you have not sinned and do you mean you have not sinned???? Self explanatory. The first death is physical. The second death is for the sinner after the judgment.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Selly Pinto, Dubai

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    Brave Lady. May her soul rest in peace, May God give the strength to her children and her mother to bear the erecoverable loss.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Nihal, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    Mr.Joseph, everyone should know that death is the greatest leveller of life and not thief. In Jade's case it was not a thief. For her death was a sentence of forgiveness for all her sins.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Zulfi, Mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    Whats so brave or Great about her ? Getting married on death bed with her ex boy friend aged 22 even though she is married and got 2 children...

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • venkatakrishna rao, MANGALORE

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    Brave girl died fast...anyways life is short love everybody as AR Rehamn said & i quote" i had a choice to choose Love or Hatred, I Choose Love and thats why I am here" unquote...hence dear all Love everybody,spread happiness,You never know what happens next.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2009

    The mum of Bobby-5yrs, and Freddie-4yrs, Jade Goody faced her death in the way she faced her whole life - full on, with a lot of courage. It is told that almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sex. There are many types of HPV. Some HPV types can cause changes on a woman’s cervix that can lead to cervical cancer over time, while other types can cause genital warts.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Elvira, Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    Finally you are at peace away from the pain you bore with so much of courage. Pray to God to give your family the strenght to bear your loss. Rest in peace.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • marv, manglore /london

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    Great woman, who faced the media and saw her death approaching her every day and night,,,feel sorry.. Bless her soul..

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • MERILYNE MARGARET, MANGALORE

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    VERY BRAVE WOMAN. FACED DEATH VERY BRAVELY THOUGH AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 27 YEARS. MAY HER SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. LET LORD GIVE HER DEAR CHILDREN STRENGTH TO FACE LIFE WHEN THEIR DEAR MOTHER IS GONE FOREVER.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Harees Sardar, Malpe , Malpe , India

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    May her soul rest in peace , i got chance to see her when i was in Harrods store in london . i have seen the crowd who is following she was so popular after the Big Brother conterversy, So courgeous woman .....

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • shameem, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    brave lady. god bless you

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • ayub malpe, malpe

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    courageous human being !! she defeated death !

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • hemalatha, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    I like her very much, so I pray her soul rest in peace, and may god bless her children and family members.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • STANY BELA, DUBAI,JEBEL ALI

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    GREAT LOSS...

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Joseph F. Gonsalves , Bannur Puttur/Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    DEATH COMES LIKE A THIEF. DAY OR NIGHT. IF WE KNOW WHEN THE THEIF COMES WE WOULD HAVE KEPT WATCH OVER AND CATCH THE THEIF. I WISH MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE AND MAY GOD CONSOLE THE SURVIVED FAMILY MEMBERS.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Dusty R., India

    Sun, Mar 22 2009

    Since everything has been commented by the media, both good and bad, May her soul rest in peace.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse


Leave a Comment

Title: British Reality TV Star Jade Goody Dead



You have 2000 characters left.

Disclaimer:

Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Daijiworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Daijiworld.com be held responsible.


Security Validation

Enter the characters in the image