Jade Goody died in her sleep at home last night after a very public battle with cancer, her publicist Max Clifford confirmed today.
Mr Clifford said Ms Goody's mother Jackiey and husband Jack Tweed were at her side. A family friend, Kevin Adams, was also there.
"I think she's going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives," he said, referring to how her public battle with cancer has raised awareness of the disease.
"She was a very, very brave girl," he said
"And she faced her death in the way she faced her whole life - full on, with a lot of courage."
He said it was "ironic" that the 27-year-old - who had two young sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four - had died on Mother's Day.
Mr Clifford said he hoped Ms Goody's family would be left in peace to grieve.
Ms Goody had said she was not afraid of death because she would be able to keep a protective eye on her family and continue to be a part of their lives.
As her health deteriorated, the strength of her belief in heaven and the afterlife played a big role in dealing with leaving her loved ones behind.
The 27-year-old also reflected on how she might be remembered after she died.
Goody's motivation for the publicity deals she made was the future security of her sons.
The star, who underwent a christening ceremony with her two boys, said she wanted them to believe in God and that heaven was a place "where poorly people go to get better".
Goody said she was "devastated" that she would never see her sons grow up, telling OK! magazine: "I don't care what they do as long as they have a roof over their heads and keep out of trouble and, most of all, be happy."
Goody made arrangements for her own funeral, which she hoped to be a "celebration" of her life.
"She wants it to be a big celebration because it's her final farewell to everybody," her publicist and friend Max Clifford said previously.
"She's the world's first world reality television star.
"It will be a very Jade Goody event, exactly the way she wants it."
The funeral is expected to see a cortege of cars drive through the streets of Bermondsey, south London, where Goody grew up.
She will be buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.