Jade Goody has begged her family and friends not to let her two young sons witness her death, it emerged Tuesday.
The 27-year-old, who is nearing the end of her cancer battle, is insisting that Bobby, five, and Freddie, four, should not be present when she slips away.
However the reality TV star’s mother Jackiey Budden and husband Jack Tweed have been at her bedside as her condition continues to deteriorate.
‘Jack and Jackiey are waiting for the end. The boys may come over again if Jade wakes up, but she made it very clear she didn’t want them to see her die,’ a family friend is quoted as telling The Sun.
‘Jade has always been strong and will be fighting even in her sleep. But her body has been ravaged and is now succumbing completely. ‘But she’s at peace, in no pain and sleeping comfortably. Everyone’s grateful for at least this small mercy.’
Jade’s publicist Max Clifford said: “She’s been sleeping. I understand that will get deeper.” Meanwhile well-wishers have flocked to Jade’s house to lay flowers and gifts for the cancer-stricken star.
Her mother allowed herself to smile as she was cheered by the card on one bouquet. A 50-strong crowd gathered outside Jade’s home in Upshire, Essex.
As she made another brief appearance outside the house, a distraught Jackiey said: ‘I just can’t say how Jade is.’
She left the house before returning on foot and said: ‘I’ve been out for a walk to clear my head. It’s been full-on. The nurse is with her now. That’s all I can say.’
Jackiey thanked supporters for their kindness and promised to respond to each letter individually.
Jade’s loved ones have been spending her final days, or even hours, at her side.
But whenever the reality TV star’s family stepped outside her Essex house for a brief break, their composure slipped.
One by one, Jackiey, new husband Jack and friend Kevin Adams were seen struggling to control their emotions.
Adams, the confidante who cared for Jade while Tweed was in prison and sat with her through the long days of chemotherapy, covered his eyes with a hand as he tried not to cry.
One of Tweed’s friends, normally photographed engaged in activities such as mooning for the cameras, put a comforting arm around him. Tweed was also seen with his hands to his face, devastated by the looming loss of his new wife.
And Jackiey, who has at times broken down in the past few days, looked exhausted with the emotion of watching her daughter cling to life.