Jade Goody, the 27-year-old mother of two young boys died in her sleep early Sunday morning – Mother’s Day in the U.K. – following a public battle with cervical cancer.
Jade’s mother Jackiey Budden was at her bedside and stated, “My beautiful daughter is at peace.” Jade’s husband Jack Tweed and close friend Kevin Adams were also with her as she passed. Max Clifford, her publicist and friend stated, “I think she’s going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives,” referring to how her public battle with cancer has raised awareness of the disease.
The reality TV star left behind two young sons, Bobby Jack, 5, and Freddie, 4. The boys’ father, TV presenter Jeff Brazier stated, “I’m grateful the boys were able to say their goodbyes and spend that precious time with their wonderful mother. Bobby and Freddie are my absolute priority and I will be doing everything I can to be their rock and to give them all my love and support to get them through a confusing and upsetting time.”
Jade became popular on the third series of Big Brother in 2002. Since then, she’s been a tabloid favorite.
Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, stated that Jade’s high-profile battle with cancer will raise awareness and save lives: “We are very sad to hear of Jade’s death and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this devastating time. Her brave battle with an aggressive form of cervical cancer has received widespread public attention and encouraged thousands of women to seek advice on how to prevent the disease. It’s critical that young women take up their invitations to cervical screenings if we are to avoid more tragic cases like Jade’s. She has done a great public service by raising awareness of the importance of screening during her last few months of life.”
Dr Lesley Walker, Cancer Research UK’s director of cancer information also stated, “Cervical screening is very important because it can stop cervical cancer from developing in the first place. Women can protect themselves against cervical cancer by always attending routine screening tests when invited by their doctor. These tests detect any changes in the cells lining their cervix early on, so they can easily be treated before cancer develops.”
Our deepest condolences go out to the Goody family during this difficult time.