Brown calls Jade Goody ‘courageous’ as tributes pour inMarch 22nd, 2009 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 22 (IANS) British politicians led by Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined celebrities and cancer charities in paying rich tributes to reality TV star Jade Goody who died Sunday of cervical cancer.
“She was a courageous woman both in life and death, and the whole country has admired her determination to provide a bright future for her children,” Brown said.
“She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her and her family can be extremely proud of the work she has done to raise awareness of cervical cancer which will benefit thousands of women across the UK.”
Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of the charity Cancer Research, said: “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.
“She has done a great public service by raising awareness of the importance of screening during her last few months of life.”
Goody, whose cervical cancer had spread to her bowel, groin and liver, died at her home in southeast England in her sleep at the age of 27.
Racing pundit John McCririck, a former Celebrity Big Brother contestant, said: “For so many young girls it was a wannabe wish, they wanted to be like Jade Goody.”
The Sultan of Brunei’s son Prince Azim, whose unexpected friendship with Jade in 2007 attracted much media attention, said: “Jade was a warm and lovely lady. My condolences to (husband) Jack (Tweed) and her family.”
In December 2007, the Prince gave Goody a diamond ring that the British media valued variously at 30,000 pounds and three million pounds.
British film actor, writer and television star Stephen Fry wrote in an online tribute: “Poor, dear Jade…. What a life. Jade lived life under a magnifying glass. Magnifying glasses magnify (obviously) but they distort and they burn. I suppose she was a kind of Princess D from the wrong side of the tracks.”
All through Sunday ordinary well-wishers left flowers outside Goody’s home in the village of Upshire in Essex.
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