British Prime Minister Gordon Brown led an emotional tribute for reality show star Jade Goody, who lost her battle with cervical cancer on Sunday. She was 27.
Goody is best known for appearing on the U.K.'s Big Brother back in 2002, but made headlines in the past few months for documenting her battle against the deadly disease.
Speaking about Goody, Brown said, "I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Jade Goody's death. She was a courageous woman both in life and death and the whole country have admired her determination to provide a bright future for her children.
"She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her and her family can be extremely proud of the work she has done to raise awareness of cervical cancer which will benefit thousands of women."
Goody's former partner Jeff Brazier, the father of her two sons Bobby, 5, Freddie, 4, added: "I'm grateful the boys were able to say their goodbyes and spend that precious time with their wonderful mother.
"Bobby and Freddie are my absolute priority and I will be doing everything I can to be their rock and to give them all my love and support to get them through a confusing and upsetting time."
Gosford Park actor Stephen Fry took to his Twitter.com page to write: "Poor, dear Jade... I warmed to her immensely. All impulsive spirit and smiles. What a life. Jade lived life under a magnifying glass. Magnifying glasses magnify (obviously) but they distort and they burn. I suppose she was a kind of Princess D (Diana) from the wrong side of the tracks."
Prince Azim, the son of the Sultan of Brunei and a friend of Goody's, added: "Jade was a warm and lovely lady. My condolences to (husband) Jack (Tweed) and her family."
Our condolences go out to her family. We expect tons of tributes to pour in in the next few days.