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Thousands of mourners and well-wishers gathered Saturday at a church east of London for the funeral of controversial reality TV star Jade Goody.

The 27-year-old lost a public battle with cervical cancer last month, prompting sympathy and headlines around the world.

As Goody's white coffin was carried into the church at Buckhurst Hill, Essex, east of London, a gospel choir began singing "Amazing Grace." Pallbearers included her husband Jack Tweed, whom she married in February. Send your tributes to Jade Goody.

Inside the church the congregation heard Tweed read a poem as well as watching a multimedia tribute to Goody's life. View image gallery of Jade Goody's funeral

Outside thousands of well-wishers gathered in the spring sunshine to watch the funeral service on large TV screens, breaking into spontaneous applause throughout the service. TV pictures showed one young girl with "R.I.P. Jade" drawn on her cheek. Read blog from her funeral Read full article »

CNN's Peter Wilkinson contributed to this report.

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