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Video by Louis MASSIE

Latest update : 2009-03-22

British reality TV star Jade Goody died in her sleep early Sunday morning at her home in Upshire, Essex. The 27-year-old former 'Big Brother' TV show participant had led a public battle with cervical cancer for months.

REUTERS - Jade Goody, a one-time dental assistant whose final days were as closely chronicled in the media as her appearances on reality television, died of cervical cancer early on Sunday, British media reported. The 27-year-old mother of two, who married her boyfriend in a televised ceremony only last month, died in her sleep at her home in Essex, southeast England, her publicist Max Clifford said.


By endlessly poring over every detail of Goody's losing battle with the disease, newspapers, gossip magazines and broadcasters have been accused of being obsessed with someone who is famous for little more than being famous.


Even Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been asked to comment on her condition in recent weeks.


Goody shot to fame in 2002 after appearing in Big Brother, a reality show in which people are locked in a house and their every move televised. Initially ridiculed for her apparent lack of education, she gradually won over the public with her straight-talking style.


She went on to become a regular in gossip magazines, wrote an autobiography and launched her own perfume, but her popularity sank in 2007 because of her racially charged tirades against an Indian housemate in Celebrity Big Brother.


Goody's decision to die in the public gaze, in order to earn as much money as possible for her two young sons and publicize awareness of cervical cancer, largely restored her popularity.


Date created : 2009-03-22