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Last Updated: Sunday March 22 2009 10:11 GMT

In pictures: Jade Goody's life

Jade Goody, 2002

Dental nurse Jade Goody shot to fame in 2002 as a contestant on Big Brother 3. She came fourth and was an instant celebrity.

Jade Goody at awards ceremony, 2003

Not all Big Brother contestants manage to stay celebrities for long, but Jade managed to keep herself in the spotlight.

Jade Goody at perfume launch

She appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines, she released keep-fit DVDs, opened up her own beauty salon, released an autobiography and launched her own perfume.

Jade Goody arrives for her reality show Jade's PA

She was on TV loads: Celebrity Driving School, Celebrity Weakest Link and Celebrity Stars in their Eyes. She also had her own TV shows, like What Jade Did Next and Jade's Salon.

Jade's Celebrity Big Brother eviction interview

In 2007, she made headlines for the wrong reasons when she was accused of racism towards Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty in Celebrity Big Brother.

Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty

To try and make up for her behaviour, Jade appeared on the Indian version of the show. It was at this point she was told she had cancer.

Jade Goody being filmed

Having cancer didn't stop Jade from being in the public eye, and she continued to give interviews talking about her battle with the disease.

Jade Goody appears on Living TV being treated for cancer

TV channel Living even filmed a three-part series, which followed the star and showed her living with the illness.

Jade's sons Bobby-Jack and Freddie

Jade said she wanted to use the money raised from all her interviews to make sure her sons Bobby-Jack and Freddie were well looked after she died.

Jade Goody and Jack Tweed

On 22 February 2009 Jade married her fiancÚ Jack Tweed in an emotional ceremony in Essex.

Jade Goody

After a very public life and battle with cancer, Jade died on Mothers Day on Sunday 22 March 2009, at home with her mum Jackiey and husband Jack Tweed by her side.