Bollywood's Shilpa Shetty to visit sick Jade Goody

Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:27pm EDT
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By Luke Baker

LONDON (Reuters) - Indian actress Shilpa Shetty will fly to Britain next week to visit Jade Goody, her former Celebrity Big Brother housemate who is dying of cancer, Goody's publicist Max Clifford said on Saturday.

Shetty, a Bollywood superstar, is due on Tuesday as part of a long-planned trip that will now give her a chance to see Goody, who has described herself as days away from death.

"Shilpa has spoken to Jade a few times in recent weeks -- they've gotten very close over the past year or so -- and while she's here in Britain she'll visit Jade," Clifford told Reuters.

Goody, 27, left the Royal Marsden Hospital in London this week and was moved to her home in Essex, north of London, where she is expected to remain until she dies.

Clifford described her as "very weak, really very ill" and said she was being cared for by nurses and her mother. Her husband Jack Tweed, 21, who she married last month, also visits when his police curfew allows.

Goody, a former dental assistant who became a nationwide celebrity after appearing in Big Brother in 2002, has had almost every element of her life examined in the tabloid newspapers, gossip magazines and on television since announcing last month that she had terminal cervical cancer.

The endless coverage has led to concerns Britain has become too celebrity obsessed, with someone who was unheard of a few years ago, and even now is only famous for being famous, leading news bulletins and filling front pages.

Goody and Shetty met when they appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.   Continued...

<p>Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty (R) and Jade Goody, the former British reality show contestant, pose for a picture in Mumbai August 17, 2008.REUTERS/Handout</p>