Sunday, March 22, 2009

British TV star Jade Goody passes away

Updated at: 1340 PST, Sunday, March 22, 2009

LONDON: After spending most of her adult life in the glare of the media, British reality television star Jade Goody spent her last moments away from the cameras when she died from cancer Sunday. Jade Goody, 27, the young mother of two children fought with cancer -- detailed by the media from the moment she learned she had the disease, to her wedding soon after being told it was terminal -- that won the nation's heart.The progress of her illness was captured on film and the tabloid newspapers splashed every new development, but while there were some questions about the ethics of such public pain, Goody won widespread support for her courage.Goody married Jack Tweed, 21, after a nine-day engagement prompted by the news that her cervical cancer had spread to her liver, bowel and groin.Goody shot to fame with her gaffes and naked antics on the "Big Brother" reality television programme in 2002, and earned international notoriety after taunting Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on a celebrity edition of the show five years later.She was accused of racism and bullying towards Indian actress Shetty when the pair appeared on "Celebrity Big Brother".

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