Goody close to end

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2009 10:38 hrs

Cancer-stricken British reality television star Jade Goody who is reported to be close to her end has said in a final interview that she wants to be remembered as a fighter.

Goody, 27, hopes to be remembered as a colourful and vibrant character who refused to be crushed by her cancer battle, reports.

Goody is said to be "on the edge of a precipice" as her condition deteriorated Saturday night leading to fears she may not live more than a day.

Goody said she thought people would think of her as "a mouthy bird who irritated and entertained people in equal measure".

"But I also want to be remembered as the girl who put up a fight and would never let herself get beaten down. I was given a death sentence but I didn't let it kill me.

"I fought it, got married, got christened. I'm happy. I've achieved more in 27 years than some achieve in a lifetime. I could bitch about dying young but at the end of the day I can look back on my life and be proud of what I've done," she explained.

The mother of two also said she would like to have a public funeral to say thank you to the millions of fans who have wished her well.

Goody is unable to speak and struggling for breath and was drifting in and out of consciousness, said. Her family, including husband Jack Tweed, gathered at her bedside after a nurse urgently summoned them to the star's Essex home here.

On being asked if Goody was close to the end, her publicist Max Clifford said: "The answer is, who knows? She was in a bad way last night, she was panicking. She has deteriorated, she is very weak. The nurse was obviously concerned and decided she should call Jack."

Added a source: "The family was told maybe Jade would make it on Tuesday, but after such a bad night that's been revised to Monday, and maybe sooner."

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