Jade Goody succumbs to cancer (1981 – 2009)

For those of you following Jade Goody’s story which has captivated pretty much all of Britain, the 27-year-old reality star died in her sleep this morning, Mother’s Day in the U.K. after battling cancer. She left behind two young sons. People reports:

Max Clifford, her publicist and friend, confirmed the news to PEOPLE. “She had been pretty much asleep for the last 24 hours,” he says, adding she died “just before 4 o’clock this morning.”
He adds, “Her legacy will be that a lot of women owe their lives to Jade Goody because of her public announcement and battle against cervical cancer,” which has led to increased knowledge of it and the screening necessary to catch it.
“She has captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world, from Australia to America and everywhere else.”

The silver lining to this tragic story is the world-wide attention Jade has brought to cervical cancer screenings. So, ladies, make sure you’re up on whatever that entails. I know I’d miss you, and not just in a sexual way. No foolin’.

Rest in Peace, Jade.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

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