Tributes from politicians, celebrities and members of the public pour in for Jade Goody
Politicians, celebrities and hundreds of members of the public have paid tribute to Jade Goody today.
The reality TV star finally lost her battle against cancer on Mothers’ Day.
Jade, who in the past few weeks married boyfriend Jack Tweed and christened her two sons, all in front of the cameras, died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Tributes have been pouring in ever since, from as diverse individuals as Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who called her a ‘courageous woman’, and the father of her two sons, Jeff Brazier, who said he was ‘grateful the boys were able to say their goodbyes and spend that precious time with their wonderful mother’.
Jade’s old ‘rival’ Katie Price, also paid tribute to the star and said Jade had ‘opened a lot of eyes’ to the risk of cervical cancer. She added that she would now have a smear test, because – despite having three children – she had not been automatically checked.
Within hours of Jade’s death, bouquets of flowers and messages of condolence began to pile up outside the gates of her house in Essex.
Stephen Fry wrote on his Twitter page she was ‘a kind of Princess D from the wrong side of the tracks’, while Shilpa Shetty released a statement from Mumbai, saying she was ‘glad she is out of pain and passed away peacefully in her sleep’.
Just as Jade’s rise to fame, her recent wedding and her illness were extensively covered by the media, so her funeral will continue in the same tradition, being shown on live television.
Max Clifford, Jade’s publicist, said the event would be a ‘celebration’ of her life.
‘Jade wanted a celebration of her life. It will be very much a Jade Goody Production with Jade doing her own thing her own way,’ he said.
After a church service the funeral procession will pass through Loughton, near her home in Upshire, Essex, Clifford confirmed.
He added that the funeral would be a public celebration just as Jade had lived her
life out in the public eye in the last seven years.
‘She died the way she lived.’