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Dying British star weds

2009-02-23 06:11:17 GMT2009-02-23 14:11:17 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Security was tight at the wedding of terminally-ill reality television star Jade Goody.

The 27-year-old married sweetheart Jack Tweed at a country hotel near London.

Cameras were kept away from the service after Goody signed an exclusive rights deal for a reported 1.4 million (USD) dollars.

The deal was struck by publicist Max Clifford.

SOUNDBITE (English) MAX CLIFFORD, PUBLICIST, SAYING:

"This is one night together. It might be their only night together. So they will be spending the night together here compliments of Jack Straw, and they are very grateful to him for that."

There were fears the couple wouldn't be allowed to spend their wedding night together.

Tweed was released early from a prison sentence for assault and is subject to a curfew.

But the British government intervened to relax these conditions for one night.

The groom was in playful mood when he left home with friends for the service.

Goody has cervical cancer and has been given weeks to live.

She rose to fame on the TV programme "Big Brother".

A further appearance on a celebrity edition of the show two years ago ignited a media firestorm.

Her racist comments about Indian actress Shilpa Shetty led to death threats.

The rights money earned from her wedding is being set aside for her two young sons.

Goody is living out her last days in the public glare, with media commentators analysing her role in modern British culture.

Jim Drury, Reuters

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