Sunday, March 22, 2009

Reality TV star Jade Goody dies fighting cancer

Jade Goody, British celebrity, businesswoman and television personality known for Big Brother, aged 27, died in her sleep on in the early hours of 22 March 2009. Her mother Jackiey Budden, husband Jack Tweed and family friend Kevin Adams were by her bedside.

In January 2007, she was a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother. She was accused of racist bullying against Indian actress Shilpa Shetty and calling Shetty as 'Shilpa Poppadom'. Following her eviction from the show, Jade Goody made public apologies and made good relations with Shilpa Shetty.

Jade Goody launched her own fragrance, ‘Shh ... Jade Goody’ through Superdrug in the summer of 2005 and the fragrance became the store's third best selling fragrance behind Kylie Minogue's and Victoria Beckham's.

In August 2008, Jade Goody appeared on the Indian version of Big Brother, Bigg Boss, for a rumoured £100,000 payment and entered the house on 17 August. Two days later, Goody was told about her illness and she withdrew and took a flight to England.

In October 2008, Jade Goody released her new autobiography, “Jade: Catch A Falling Star” and opened her second beauty salon named "Homme Fatel", exclusively for men.Jade Goody was a dental nurse. Her mother, Jackiey Budden, split up with her father when Goody was aged two and brought her up in Bermondsey.

Goody had a relationship with TV presenter and fellow reality television regular Jeff Brazier, the father of her two sons, Bobby Jack Brazier (June 2003) and Freddie Brazier (September 2004). In 2005, Goody had a six month relationship with footballer Ryan Amoo.

Later, she was in a relationship with Jack Tweed (born 1987), who appeared alongside her on Celebrity Big Brother. On 15 February 2009, Goody exchanged rings with Tweed and married him on Sunday 22 February.

On 5 March 2009, Goody requested to be christened from her bed at the Royal Marsden Hospital and on 7 March she and her sons were christened.


Coffee Maker said...

judging by the medical aftershock of Goody's passing, it sounds like she might have inadvertently made a long-term difference for cancer prevention in the U.K.

Krishna said...

Hi Coffee Maker,
Goody was a very brave person. Even while approaching death, she made arrangements for coverage by media, married her boyfriend and sold the wedding photos for $1 million, and asked her relatives and friends to give her a huge last party.

She was completely eaten by cancer. The media frenzy about Goody's condition drove home to every young woman the message that they too can be victims of cancer. This sent the visits to hospitals for cancer tests to an all time high!

Krishna Pillai,
New Delhi, India