10:54 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 03/22/2009 06:00AM
Jade Goody, the British reality TV star whose battle against cancer had been followed around the world, has died.
She passed away in her sleep early Sunday – Mother's Day in the U.K.
Max Clifford, her publicist and friend, confirmed the news to PEOPLE. "She had been pretty much asleep for the last 24 hours," he says, adding she died "just before 4 o'clock this morning."
Originally posted 03/18/2009 08:50AM
Jade Goody's battle with cancer will not be forgotten. In fact, the months since her diagnosis last August will be described in detail in her autobiography.
Calling the book a "love letter" to her sons Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4, Goody, 27, hopes that she will provide a legacy not only to them but also to women who might face the same battle with cancer.
Some of the proceeds from her book, Forever In My Heart, will go to the charity Marie Curie Cancer Care, which has been providing her with help at home, it was announced Wednesday.
Originally posted 03/17/2009 01:00PM
With her close friends and members of her family at her bedside, British reality TV star Jade Goody is preparing those who love her for the end.
Goody, 27, who has been battling cervical cancer since last August, set aside some of her belongings and letters for her sons Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4 – and has reportedly asked her mom Jackiey not to let the boys see her die.
Originally posted 03/15/2009 03:00PM
Jade Goody had hoped to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, a week earlier than the British normally observe the holiday, but her spokesperson Max Clifford tells PEOPLE this now seems unlikely given what he calls her "critical" condition.
Originally posted 03/11/2009 08:00AM
British reality TV star Jade Goody has signed off to the public in the way she knows best – with an emotional interview with the press.
Goody, 27, the terminally ill former U.K. Big Brother contestant whose very public life and declining health have become an obsession with the British public, spoke recently about her hopes for her two young sons when she is no longer there for them.
"When I'm not here [the boys] can feel they can speak to me whenever they want," Goody told British OK! magazine at the March 14 baptism ceremony she organized for herself and sons Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4, at the London hospital where she is being treated.
Originally posted 03/07/2009 10:30AM
It is thought that it will be British reality TV star Jade Goody's final public act – and one that fulfilled her wish.
The terminally ill former Big Brother contestant and her young sons were baptized together Saturday in what a friend called an emotional service at a London hospital.
Goody, 27, was joined by sons Bobby, 5, and Freddy, 4, at the Royal Marsden hospital for the first time in a week for the 20-minute service. The boys were brought to the hospital by their father, Goody's former boyfriend Jeff Brazier.
Goody had hoped that the service would take place in a church near her home in Essex, on the eastern edge of London. But, as she battles cervical cancer that has spread to organs around her body, she has been increasingly frail in the last week. She had to be brought into the ceremony in the hospital's chapel in a wheelchair.
Originally posted 03/06/2009 06:30AM
Like some of her American counterparts, British reality star Jade Goody – a rough-around-the-edges, hard-drinking contestant on the U.K. version of Big Brother – has made headlines for her antics on and off the air. But these days, her story has gripped the British public for one tragic reason: Goody, 27, is publicly dying of cervical cancer.
Like so much of her life, Goody's death has turned into a virtual soap opera. Most recently, the former dental nurse from south London and her husband Jack Tweed, an ex-con who was recently convicted of assaulting a taxi driver, were granted special dispensation to spend the night together at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, where she is undergoing treatment.
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