TV Star Jade Goody is dead
British Reality TV star Jade Goody died in her sleep on Sunday morning, after a tough battle with cervical cancer. The news was confirmed by her agent Max Clifford.
Goody died at 3.14 am on Mother’s Day ironically, at her home in Upshire, Essex. Clifford received a call from Goody’s mother Jackiey Budden, who told him: “My beautiful girl has gone.”
“It’s just very sad,” Clifford said, his voice shaking with emotion. “We got very close and I’ve got a lot of respect and admiration for the girl.”
The 27-year-old, mother of two, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008. Her disease was discovered shortly after she appeared on reality show ‘Big Boss’, the Indian version of ‘Big Brother’. Goody immediately withdrew from the show and returned to the U.K.
A few months later, her condition worsened as the cancer metastasized and reached its terminal stage.
Goody abandoned everything else to be with her loved ones in her final days. However, when it came to discussing her state with the media, she did not hold back. She insisted the media interest in her state should be exploited as it may help raise public awareness of the disease and prevent millions of other women from ending up with the same fate.
“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,” said Kevin Adams, a family friend, who was with Goody when she died. “I think she’s going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives.”
Knowing that death was already knocking at her door, Goody decided to make the best of her days left. She married partner Jack Tweed on Feb. 21 and reportedly sold the publication rights of the news to OK! Magazine for £700,000.
She demanded that the amount be given to her sons Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4.
Jade Goody first came into the limelight in 2002, when she appeared on the third season of Channel 4 reality show ‘Big Brother’ in UK. Subsequently, she appeared on many shows and became a familiar face on British Television.
Goody penned her life story in a book titled ‘Jade: My Autobiography’, which was published in May 2006. The very next month she launched her own fragrance ‘Shh … Jade Goody’, which went on to be listed among the most popular perfumes.
She was widely condemned for flinging racist comments on Indian actress Shilpa Shetty. However, after being evicted, Goody admitted her fault and made many public apologies. Later in 2007, Goody again entered the Big Brother House for Celebrity Big Brother 2007, accompanied by boyfriend Jack Tweed.
The media has been constantly fixed on Jade Goody in her final days, and the cameras will keep clicking even as preparations are made for her funeral, because that is what she had instructed.
Goody had said that the service should be a “celebration” of her life.
“She wants it to be a big celebration because it’s her final farewell to everybody,” Clifford said. “She’s the world’s first reality television star. It will be a very Jade Goody event – exactly the way she wants it.”
Source: The Money Times