Reality tv star Jade Goody has lost her brave fight for life. Jade passed away in the early hours of this morning, with her mother Jackiey and her new husband Jack by her side. One of Jade's last wishes was that she would live long enough to spend one last Mother's Day with her two young sons. Sadly it was not to be.
A former dental nurse, Jade found fame on British reality tv show, "Big Brother" in 2002. She hit the headlines in 2007, after being accused of racially bullying fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Shilpa Shetty. However the storm blew over and the two became friends. Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer whilst appearing in the Indian version of the hit show. The reality tv star has lived most of her life in the public eye and chose to fight her cancer battle in the public arena, securing tv, magazine and newspaper deals in the last few weeks before her death. She was determined to ensure the financial security of her two boys, even paying their school fees until they are 16, in the only way she knew how, by continuing to live the final weeks of her life in the spotlight. Even her funeral is set to be a big public and media event.
Jade's legacy was to raise awareness of cervical cancer. Thanks to her, the number of women going for smear tests has now risen by a third. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in Britain, particularly in women under 35, killing many thousands of women every year. Jade was only 27 when she died.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown led the tributes to Jade describing her as a "courageous woman in life and death". He said he was deeply saddened by her death and that the whole country admired her determination to provide a bright future for her children. Our thought and wishes are with her family. Rest in peace Jade.