(Reuters) - British reality television star Jade Goody, whose losing battle with cervical cancer was chronicled as closely by the media as her controversial exploits on hit show Big Brother, died on Sunday, her mother said.
Here are some facts about Goody:
-- Goody was born in London in June 1981.
-- She was a dental assistant before appearing on reality TV programme “Big Brother” in 2002.
-- Initially ridiculed by the media for her lack of general knowledge and criticized for her behavior to fellow competitors, her straight-talking style won over the tabloid press and she became the hit show’s best-known participant.
-- She was a regular on reality television shows and in celebrity gossip magazines, published an autobiography in 2006 and launched her own perfume. By 2007 she was widely reported to have a fortune of several million pounds.
-- In 2007, she took part in Celebrity Big Brother along with her mother, Jackiey Budden, and boyfriend Jack Tweed.
-- Her racially tinged tirade against Bollywood film star Shilpa Shetty led to nationwide vilification and even more fame. She was voted off the programme.
-- Last August, Goody’s stint on the Indian version of Big Brother was cut short after two days when medical tests indicated she could have cancer.
-- After revealing that she had cervical cancer, Goody was told in February that the cancer had spread to her liver, groin and bowel and was terminal.
-- Goody married her ex-convict lover, Tweed, on February 22 at a country hotel northeast of London. Photograph and film rights were sold for a reported 1 million pounds ($1.4 million).
-- Her battle against cancer and her final weeks with Tweed and her two sons were reported in detail by the British press. Goody said she did this to make as much money as possible for her sons after her death.