Flowers from well-wishers have made Jade Goody smile through her painful final days, her friend said today.
The star, who is battling with terminal cancer, sent a message of thanks to the public for all the support.
Close friend and personal trainer Kevin Adams spoke to reporters outside the gate at her home in Waltham Abbey, Essex.
He said: “Jade just says thanks everyone for the flowers and that her house now smells like the Chelsea Flower Show and it brought a smile to her face.”
Mr Adams has been living at Jade’s house and caring for her throughout her ordeal.
Goody’s mother Jackiey Budden said: “I just want to thank the whole public for the support they’ve given Jade and the presents and the flowers and all the support cards.”
Later, Goody’s husband Jack Tweed left the house with Mr Adams without answering questions from the media.
Ms Budden, dressed in white, looked composed as she made her statement in bright sunshine today.
She and Tweed have kept a vigil at Goody’s bedside in recent days as the 27-year-old has drifted in and out of consciousness.
Goody was diagnosed with cervical cancer last August while appearing on the Indian version of 'Celebrity Big Brother', and last month she was told the disease had spread to other parts of her body and her condition was terminal.
Her friend and publicist Max Clifford said yesterday that she had spent the past few days under heavy sedation.
She was keen for her funeral to be a celebration of her life, and a “very Jade Goody” event, he added.
The funeral is expected to see a cortege drive through the streets of Bermondsey in south east London, where Goody grew up.
She will be buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.
Goody has told her young sons, Bobby and Freddy, who are staying with their father, TV presenter Jeff Brazier, that she will soon be in heaven.
She spoke to them after coming home from hospital last Thursday, saying: “Mummy’s going to heaven soon.
“I’m going to be a star up in the sky so when you are looking up you will be able to see me and know I’m there, always looking over you.
“Mummy’s going to be up there looking over you. Close your eyes and you can talk to me.”