Jade Goody's funeral, like her life, will be public
Jade Goody, the Brit reality TV star who made a name by getting in front of the camera, plans to stay that way even now that she's dead. The 27-year-old Big Brother contestant died from cervical cancer while she slept on Sunday, with her mother Jackiey Budden and husband Jack Tweed at her side.
"It will be a celebration, but of course there will be a lot of tears," publicist Max Clifford told the U.K.'s Guardian. "It will be very much a Jade Goody production, with Jade doing her own thing her own way."
She is also survived by two sons, Bobby, 5, and Freddie, 4.
The paper says large TV screens will be installed outside St. John the Baptist church in Essex for crowds to watch. Goody had been diagnosed with cancer last August during the shooting of Bigg Boss, India's version of Big Brother. She has since been praised for raising awareness of the disease and encouraging regular screenings, as well as being vilified for turning her sickness into a media circus.
And what better life to document on screen, having grown up in public housing with a lesbian coke addict mother, a father who died of a heroin overdose in a KFC bathroom and marrying Tweed, who may be sentenced on Thursday for assaulting a cab driver? Even in the afterlife, she will bring the ratings.