Reality star Jade died on March 22, 2009 after a battle with cervical cancer. Her tragic ordeal inspired millions of women to get tested for early signs of the disease.
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Jack Tweed has paid tribute to his late wife, reality star and Big Brother legend Jade Goody as he celebrated 13 years after her tragic death.
The 34-year-old widower married Jade in 2009 just 35 days before she died at the age of 27 after a brief battle with cervical cancer.
Jade had died just seven months after being diagnosed with the deadly form of cancer – and the couple had tied the knot in a glamorous ceremony, knowing their time together would be short.
Jack – who took in Jade’s sons Bobby and Freddy, who were then eight and seven when he fell in love with their mother but later moved in with their father, 42-year-old Jeff Brazier – on Tuesday marked the 13th anniversary of his death jade .
Sharing a series of photos of herself with Jade via Instagram Stories – including a picture from their wedding day, a snap of them on a red carpet and a photo of them kissing in front of Selfridges.
He captioned the wedding photo with the heartbreaking message: “13 years since I last saw this angel. Miss you every day,” along with red heart emojis.
He also referenced Jade’s incredible legacy by including the hashtags “raising awareness” and “smear test.”
While Jade tragically died after battling cancer, it’s believed she may have helped save countless other lives by explaining the importance of health checks.
In 2009, there was a huge surge in demand for swab tests, commonly dubbed the “Jade Goody Effect,” as countless women sought screening for cervical cancer in light of the reality star’s tragic life.
So great was the demand that politicians finally bowed to pressure to review the age at which women can be screened for cervical cancer.
At the time, the age limit in England was set at women over 25, while in the rest of the United Kingdom age limits for testing were set at 20.
The news came weeks before Jade sadly passed away – but the star lived to see that changes should be made in light of her tragedy.
She said in a statement released after news broke that ministers were reviewing age limits for cervical cancer smear tests, saying she was “immensely proud” of the legacy she was leaving behind.
She added, “It’s too late for me, but not for millions of others.”
Last year, Jack explained what he struggled with in the years after Jade’s death.
He told The Sun: “I didn’t know how to deal with that when I was young. I didn’t know what else to do.
“All I could think about was how depressed I was and I just sat there and kept thinking about Jade. So I would just have a drink every day, it would be fine from there.
“I just sat at home thinking about Jade, started crying and then thought the only thing I could do was go out and drink vodka… I wish I hadn’t and I wish I was different with it.” handled.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jade-goodys-widower-jack-tweed-26530183 Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed pays heartbreaking tribute 13 years after her death