Family: Goody's funeral won't be televised

March 23, 2009 at 8:51 PM
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LONDON, March 23 (UPI) -- Jade Goody's family said her funeral will be held next week, but not screened live on television as the late British reality TV star's publicist had said.

The "Big Brother" favorite died of cervical cancer Sunday at age 27.

Publicist Max Clifford told The Daily Telegraph Monday her funeral will take place at St. John the Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill, England, some time in the next two weeks.

"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," Clifford told the newspaper. "It will be a celebration, but of course there will be a lot of tears."

The Times of London Online later reported Goody's family has had enough of the media coverage that surrounded the reality TV star's life and death, and Monday denied permission to televise her funeral.

Friends told the newspaper's Web site the funeral will take place early next week and will be attended only by those who were closest to Goody. The service will, however, be relayed outside the church on loudspeakers and possibly big screens, The Times Online said.

The BBC said hundreds of people have visited the TV star's Upshire home since her death to offer messages of condolence or leave flowers, candles and cards.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called Goody "a courageous woman" and said he was "deeply saddened" by the news of her death.

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