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Sunday 28 December 2014

Jade Goody dies in her sleep

Jade Goody
Jade Goody
Jade Goody on her wedding day
Jade Goody arrives at her home in Upshire, Essex, following her wedding to Jack Tweed
Jade Goody arrives at her home in Upshire, Essex, following her wedding to Jack Tweed
A copy of the marriage certificate from Jade Goody's wedding to Jack Tweed on Sunday February 22, 2009
Jade Goody on her wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed on their wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed with her sons Bobby and Freddy on Jade and Jack's wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed on their wedding day
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed on their wedding day
Jade Goody on her wedding day
Jade Goody arrives at Basildon Magistrates Court, Basildon, Essex, where she was charged with motoring offences.
Jade Goody, star of Jade's Salon, on LivingTV.
Jade Goody, star of Jade's Salon, on LivingTV.
Jackie Budden, Jade Goody's mother, arrives at Jade's house in Waltham Abbey, Essex after her daughter left the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed arrive back at their house in Waltham Abbey, Essex after leaving the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London.
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed arrive back at their house in Waltham Abbey, Essex after leaving the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London.
Jade Goody's husband Jack Tweed arrives his step-sons' Christening taking place in the chapel of the Royal Marsden hospital in Fulham, west London.
Jade Goody's mother Jackiey Budden leaving the Crown pub opposite the Royal Marsden Hospital, west London.
Jade Goody photographed in the Marriot County Hall, in London (Photograph by David Sandison, The Independent)
Reality TV star Jade Goody
Jade Goody arriving at St Albans Crown Court in St Albans, Hertfordshire having being charged with motoring offences.
Jade Goody leaves the Royal Marsden hospital on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)
Jade Goody leaves the Royal Marsden hospital on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)
Jade Goody leaves her home as preparations continue for her wedding to Jack Tweed this Sunday on February 19, 2009 in Waltham Abbey, England. (Photo by Daniel Sheils/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at Mumbai Airport ahead of speculation that she will take part in 'Big Boss', India's answer to 'Big Brother' on August 15, 2008 in Mumbai (Bombay), India. (Photo by Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at Mumbai Airport ahead of a possible part in 'Big Boss' (India's answer to 'Big Brother') on August 15, 2008 in Mumbai (Bombay), India. (Photo by Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the UK premiere of 'Ben 10: Race Against Time' at the Vue cinema, Leicester Square on February 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Jade Goody attends the Pink Ice Ball at the Waldorf Hilton on October 5, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jade Goody (R) and Jack Sweeney (L) attend the Music Industry Soccer Six event at Upton Park on May 20, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
A box of Celebrity Big Brother contestant Jade Goody's fragrance "Shh" is seen on January 18, 2007 in London. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
Jade Goody and Jack Tweedy arrive for Celebrity Big Brother series five at Elstree Studios on January 5, 2007 in London, England (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the UK Gala Screening of "Garfield 2: A Tail Of Two Kitties" at Vue West End, Leicester Square on July 16, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the after party following the UK Charity Premiere of "Just My Luck" at Cafe de Paris on June 28, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Jade Goody, the former Big Brother housemate, signs copies of her autobiography at a book signing in the Gyle Shopping Centre June 14, 2006, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Jeff Brazier, Rebecca Loos, Orlaith McAllister and Jade Goody are seen at the start line of the London Marathon on April 23, 2006 in Greenwich. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jade Goody models on the catwalk at the Autumn/Winter Collection launch for LIVINGtv at the Cumberland Hotel on September 8, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Westing/Getty Images)
Jade Goody arrives at the World Film Premiere of "After The Sunset" at Vue Leicester Square on November 2, 2004 in London. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Ex-Big Brother contestant Jade Goody attends the TV Quick Awards held at The Dorchester, Park Lane, September 9, 2002 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Li/Getty Images)
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Jade Goody's mother Jackiey
Jade - during the days leading up to her marriage to Jack Tweed
Cancer-stricken Jade Goody leaving the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Fulham, south west London, in a wheelchair.
Well wishers Mollie, 11 Alicia Johnson, eight with their mother Lyn, with gifts outside the wedding of Jade Goody and Jack Tweed
The police and members of the public outside Down Hall Country House Hotel Near Hatfield Heath, Essex, where Jade Goody and Jack Tweed have got married
A 'Jade loves Jack' banner is flown above Down Hall Country House Hotel
Max Clifford talks to reporters prior to Jade Goody's wedding at Down Hall on February 22
Antony Costa arrives for Jade Goody's wedding at Down Hall
TV presenter Nick Ross arrives at the wedding of Jade Goody and Jack Tweed at Down Hall Country House Hotel Near Hatfield Heath, Essex.
Jack Tweed's mother drives away from her house in Essex on the day of her son's wedding to Jade Goody
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed make an appearance for the press outside her home in Waltham Abbey
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed make an appearance for the press outside her home in Waltham Abbey
Jade Goody and Jack Tweed share a kiss on the drive way of her home in Upshire, Essex.
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody
Jade Goody

Fans, politicians and celebrities praised Jade Goody's courage today after the reality TV star lost her battle with cervical cancer in the early hours of Mother's Day.

The 27-year-old died with her mother Jackiey Budden and husband Jack Tweed at her side at her home in Upshire, Essex, shortly before 4am.

Ms Budden told reporters: "My beautiful daughter is at peace. Family and friends would like privacy at last."

Asked by well-wishers outside her daughter's home this afternoon how she was coping, she replied: "I'm not."

The father of Goody's two sons, Freddie and Bobby, TV presenter Jeff Brazier, said: "I'm grateful the boys were able to say their goodbyes and spend that precious time with their wonderful mother.

"Bobby and Freddie are my absolute priority and I will be doing everything I can to be their rock and to give them all my love and support to get them through a confusing and upsetting time."

Cancer campaigners and politicians alike have paid tribute to the way Goody raised awareness of cervical cancer and the issue of screening before she died.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Jade Goody's death.

"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.

"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 which will benefit thousands of women across the UK.

"Every death from cancer is a tragedy and my thoughts go out to her two sons, husband and family at this time."

Conservative leader David Cameron said: "I was very sorry to hear the sad news about Jade.

"Her brave fight has raised awareness of this terrible disease and her legacy will be to save the lives of more young women in the future.

"My thoughts are with her family and particularly her two young sons at this terrible time."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said of Goody: "What she did in terms of her dying is very brave and very challenging because it's about different kinds of making peace.

"We ought to honour that."

"I don't think there was any way sadly in which she could avoid the public attention.

"But I think it was used not to aggrandise her but to tell people what mattered to her and say something about the values that she tried to live with at the end of her life.

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

Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, said: "Her brave battle with an aggressive form of cervical cancer has received widespread public attention and encouraged thousands of women to seek advice on how to prevent the disease.

"It's critical that young women take up their invitations to cervical screening if we are to avoid more tragic cases like Jade's. She has done a great public service by raising awareness of the importance of screening during her last few months of life.

Her publicist and friend Max Clifford said: "She died the way she lived.

"I think she's going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives.

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

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.

Ms Budden took a bunch of flowers from six-year-old Kiara Gascoigne - who had travelled with her mother Jenny, 30, from their home in Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire, to pay their respects.

Marjorie Loftus, 78, from Barnet, North London left a card which read: "You may not have known where East Anglia was but you knew the way to our hearts."

"It seems to me that Jade Goody has saved hundreds of lives because of the publicity her cancer has had," said Mrs Loftus.

"Who would have thought that? I think she has done more to raise awareness of cervical cancer than all the politicians put together and we have to thank her for that."

Goody faced a storm of controversy over her treatment of fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty in 2007 but the pair later became friends.

The actress said today: "I am deeply saddened but I am glad Jade is out of pain and that she died peacefully with her family around her."

Model and presenter Danielle Lloyd who also shared the house with Goody said: "I am shocked and upset to hear the sad news about Jade.

"We got to know each other really well over the years. She was a brave and courageous human being.

"I have been praying for a miracle these past few weeks and now she has been tragically taken away from us. I know that her boys will grow up to be great men and do their mum proud."

Goody's family now faces the task of finalising arrangements for her funeral which friends have said will be a celebration of her life and open to all.

She selected Bermondsey funeral directors, F.A. Albin and Sons and wanted the service to take place at St John the Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill with facilities to allow fans to hear the service.

Well-wishers will have a chance to pay their respects as the funeral cortege passes through nearby Loughton on its way to a burial site which has yet to be chosen.

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