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Jade Goody dead at 27

Jade Goody, the British reality star whose publicist called her “the world’s first world reality television star,” died at age 27 overnight from cervical cancer she was diagnosed with while on India’s Big Brother. Today is Mother’s Day in Britain, and she’s survived by two children from a previous relationship, and her new husband and Celebrity Big Brother co-star Jack Tweed.

As Damian Thompson wrote in the Telegraph, “The fascinating spectacle of a young woman dying on camera is over.” Less than seven years after she first appeared on the third season of the UK’s Big Brother, her impending death has been the subject of non-stop media coverage in Britain and elsewhere that has chronicled every detail of her dying life.

Jade died at 3:14 a.m. today, according to The Mirror, more than a week after reportedly being “hours” from death, and almost a week after OK! Magazine published its tribute issue to her that declared she was dead before she actually died. A friend told The Times, “This is clearly an obituary. They got it totally wrong. It’s totally insensitive, it’s bloody disgusting.”

Just as her life was public, her death will be, too, and Jade planned her funeral to be public. “She wants everybody to be there, with plenty of room outside for screens. She wants it to be a big celebration because it’s her final farewell to everybody. She’s the world’s first world reality television star. It will be a very Jade Goody event, exactly the way she wants it,” her publicist according to The People. A friend told the paper, “Jade has it all organised to make sure she leaves this world in true style. … There will be speakers and possibly screens to relay the service to the crowds expected outside the church.”

In addition, HarperCollins will publish Forever in My Heart, a book the Daily Mail describes as “a diary detailing her battle against cancer.” HarperCollins’ Belinda Budge called it “Jade in her own words. It is impossible not to be moved by her heart-warming voice which comes through loud and clear on every page of this last diary. This emotional book tells a fascinating story of our time, a story of a woman who rose to fame as a controversial reality TV star and has now won admiration in the eyes of many for the fortitude with which she is facing terminal cancer.”

posted by Andy Dehnart on Mar. 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Courtesy of: MIRROR.CO.UK

Jade Goody dies in her sleep after losing cancer battle

By Mirror.co.uk 22/03/2009

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Jade Goody died in her sleep this morning, her publicist Max Clifford has confirmed.

The reality TV star, who suffered a public battle with cervical cancer, died at her home in Upshire, Essex, at 3.14am on Mother's Day.

Goody's mother Jackiey Budden said: "My beautiful daughter is at peace."

Mr Clifford said Goody's mother Jackiey and husband Jack Tweed were at her side. A family friend, Kevin Adams, was also there.

"I think she's going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives," he said, referring to how her public battle with cancer has raised awareness of the disease.

"She was a very, very brave girl," he said.

"And she faced her death in the way she faced her whole life - full on, with a lot of courage."

He said it was "ironic" that the 27-year-old - who had two young sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four - had died on Mother's Day.

Mr Clifford said he hoped Goody's family would be left in peace to grieve.

Goody's body was taken out of her home shortly before 8am.

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

Mourners started arriving at the house to pay tribute to Goody within minutes of the news breaking.

They left floral tributes at the gates of her home.




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This is so sad... I've been following this for awhile now but never watched her when on the UK and India Big Brother's but after finding out on the show she had cervical cancer stage 4, she has now passed away yesterday.

Reality TV star Jade Goody dies after cancer fight
LONDON (AP) -- Jade Goody's family asks for "privacy at last" after the death at 27 of the brash former dental assistant who turned her tumultuous life and struggle with cervical cancer into a one-woman reality show.

Mocked as a slob, then celebrated as an everywoman, Goody lived one of the world's most public lives, with cameras capturing everything from her racial slurs to her cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy. Publicist Max Clifford said Goody died in her sleep at home in Upshire, southeast England, early Sunday.

Goody gained fame in 2002 at age 21 when she joined the British version of the reality television show "Big Brother," in which contestants live together for weeks and are constantly filmed. She became a highly divisive star and something of a national touchstone who sparked debate about race, class and celebrity.

During filming of an Indian version of "Celebrity Big Brother" in the summer of 2008, Goody received a diagnosis of cervical cancer by telephone from a doctor in Britain. The camera captured the deeply personal moment, which was shown repeatedly on TV.

The progress of her illness was chronicled in detail in the tabloid press and weekly magazines. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy in the public eye -- filming part of the experience.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who heads the Church of England, said Goody showed a brave side in the face of death.

"If in her earlier career it was all about her, then I think at the end it was about something else," Williams said.

Bald and frail, Goody married fiancee Jack Tweed last month in an elaborate event staged at an elegant countryside hotel outside London. The wedding was shown on television and the photos were sold, prompting criticism.

But Goody, who grew up in a poor London neighborhood, defended herself -- saying she wanted her two young sons to have a better life than she had. Goody's father was a heroin addict who served jail time for robbery and died in 2005; her mother was a former crack addict who lost the use of an arm in a motorcycle accident.

"People will say I'm doing this for money," she said. "And they're right, I am. But not to buy flash cars or big houses -- it's for my sons' future if I'm not here. I don't want my kids to have the same miserable, drug-blighted, poverty-stricken childhood I did."

Goody's publicist said last month that the cancer had spread to her liver, bowel and groin.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Sunday that Goody used her fame to help others.

"She was a courageous woman both in life and death, and the whole country have admired her determination to provide a bright future for her children," Brown said. He also praised her for her efforts, after her diagnosis, to raise awareness about cervical cancer and the need for screening.

Though many praised Goody in recent months for the way in which she handled her illness, she was often mocked in the press during her stint on "Big Brother" for her weight, her big mouth and her apparent lack of general knowledge. She branded the English region of East Anglia "East Angular," and asked whether it was abroad.

She didn't win the show, but she earned millions through television and magazine appearances, an autobiography, a perfume and a series of exercise videos.

Goody was labeled a racist bully for her treatment of another contestant, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, while filming the British version of "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2007. Goody bad-mouthed Shetty's cooking of Indian food, mocked her accent and referred to her as "Shilpa Poppadom." While complaints against the show skyrocketed, so did ratings.

Goody's treatment of Shetty sparked anger in India and Britain -- even becoming the topic of debate during a House of Commons question-and-answer session with then Prime Minister Tony Blair. A major sponsor suspended its advertising deal with "Celebrity Big Brother," and a chain of perfume shops pulled a Goody-endorsed fragrance, ironically named "Shh..."

After television viewers voted to evict Goody from the show, Goody -- herself of mixed race -- insisted she wasn't a racist. "I argue like that with everybody. It wasn't just because of the color of her skin that I was that aggressive," she said during an interview on Britain's GMTV.

Shetty and Goody eventually reconciled. On Sunday, Shetty told the BBC, "I am deeply saddened, but I am glad Jade is out of pain and that she died peacefully with her family around her."

After Goody was evicted from the "Celebrity Big Brother" house, the Indian Tourism Office invited Goody to travel to the country. She did, visiting charity projects and later agreeing to appear on the Indian reality show.

"The people of India have only seen a small part of me, and I'd like to show them that there is more to me," Goody said. "I'm a mother of two, a businesswoman. I can't be all that bad."

Goody is survived by Tweed and her two sons, Bobby and Freddie, with an ex-boyfriend, television presenter Jeff Brazier. She also is survived by her mother, Jackiey Budden.

Budden told reporters Sunday: "Family and friends would like privacy at last."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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