Jade told IANS exclusively last month that she felt ‘honoured by India’s love’ and relayed ‘a big thank you’ to the thousands of Indians who sent her letters, emails and cards.
As British politicians led by Prime Minister Gordon Brown Sunday joined celebrities in paying rich tributes to Jade – he called her ‘courageous’ and praised her work in raising cancer awarness – Indian actors who had worked with her on last TV show described her as a ‘lively’ and ‘always smiling’ person.
‘I am feeling extremely sad… We were hoping that some miracle would happen and she would live for many more years,’ Ketaki Dave, one of Jade’s ‘Bigg Boss 2’ inmate, told IANS from the US.
Added another inmate and music reality show winner, Debojit Saha: ‘I can’t believe that she is no more with us. It all happened so fast and suddenly that I am not able to come to terms with it.’ Actor Raja Chaudhry, divorced husband of TV actress Shweta Tiwari, called her ‘a gem of a person’.
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.’
All through Sunday, ordinary well-wishers left flowers outside Goody’s home in the village of Upshire in Essex. The actress’ funeral will be an eventful service and a ‘celebration of life’ as Jade had desired, publicist Clifford said.
‘Jade wanted a celebration of her life. It will be very much a Jade Goody Production with Jade doing her own thing her own way. It will be a celebration, but of course there will be a lot of tears,’ he said. No date has been set but it is likely in the next 10 days.
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