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Thursday 30 July 2015

Magazine defends Jade Goody tribute edition

Published 19/03/2009 | 04:31

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

OK! magazine has defended its decision to publish a "tribute" edition to Jade Goody even though she is still alive.

This week's copy of the magazine carries a black border, the banner "Jade Goody Official Tribute Issue 1981 - 2009" and the strapline "In Loving Memory".

The 27-year-old reality TV star, who has terminal cancer, is spending her final days at home with her family.

Her friend and publicist Max Clifford said the star was "very weak" but that she had "put her house in order".

OK! said the family had been in contact to say they thought the edition was "very kind" to Goody.

In a statement, the magazine said: "OK!'s tribute issue is a celebration of Jade's amazing life.

"Jade's family have spoken to OK! today to reiterate that they understand the tribute issue and view it as being very kind to Jade.

"They would like to also state that they are extremely grateful for the support that OK! has provided during this distressing period."

Goody has been open about her desire to use media interest in her illness to secure the financial future of her two sons and it is understood OK! paid her in the region of £700,000 for rights to her recent wedding to Jack Tweed and the boys' christening.

Yesterday Mr Clifford said Goody would be "present in spirit" at a rally today to press for the minimum age for cervical smear tests to be reduced from 25 to 20.

Bob and Lynn Walker, who lost their daughter Claire to cervical cancer last year at the age of 23, will hand a petition in to Downing Street.

Mr Clifford also praised Tweed for his unstinting support.

"Jack has been incredible. He has been nursing her every hour he is allowed to be there, brushing her teeth, holding her hand.

"For a 21-year-old to do what he has done is incredible. We all know the other side of him but in this he has been absolutely amazing. To be able to sit there day and night watching somebody you love die, it is very hard.

"He has done everything possible to make things as good as possible for as long as possible for Jade."

The reality TV star is also being nursed by mother Jackiey Budden at her home in Essex.

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