After losing a public battle with cervical cancer, British reality television star Jade Goody passed away in her sleep. The 27-year-old who became famous after her appearance on the reality series Big Brother died in her home with her family by her side.
In 2007, Goody made headlines when she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and was accused of racist bullying against fellow contestant Shilpa Shetty. Goody later apologized to the Indian actress and the two became unlikely friends. Shetty traveled to the UK to visit Jade earlier this month. However, Goody was already too sick to accept visitors at that point.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke on the young woman’s passing, “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.”
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