The Prime Minister Gordon Brown took time off running the economy yesterday to comment on the latest news about Jade Goody. He came out of Number 10 and spoke to waiting journalists.
"The whole of our country, all of us, will be in a state of shock and devastation. Jade is a wonderful, warm and compassionate person who people, not just in Britain, but throughout the World, love and will regard as a friend.
I feel like everyone else in this country today - utterly devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jade Goody and her family - in particular her two sons, two boys - our hearts go out to them. We are today a nation, in Britain, in a state of shock, in despair, in sadness that is so deeply painful for us.
She is a wonderful and warm human being. Though her own life has often been sadly touched by tragedy, she touched the lives of so many others in Britain - throughout the world - with joy and with comfort. How many times shall we remember her, in how many different ways, both in the tabloids and in the broadsheets. When, with just a look or a gesture that spoke so much more than words, she would reveal to all of us the depth of her compassion and her humanity.
How difficult things were for her from time to time, surely we can only guess at - but the people everywhere, not just here in Britain but everywhere, they will keep faith with Jade Goody. They like her, they love her, they regard her as one of the people.
She is the Peoples Princess - and that's how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and in our memories forever".