Sarah Harding has died aged 39 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The news was confirmed by Harding’s mother Marie in a post on Instagram.
The Girls Aloud star was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and shared the news with fans in August, at which point the disease had spread to other parts of her body.
In the Instagram post, the mother wrote:
It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved. I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease, she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.
Following the sad news of Harding’s death, tributes have begun to pour in from across the music and entertainment world.
Her Girls Aloud bandmates Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts took to social media to share their own tributes. Coyle said she was “absolutely devastated”. “I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!!” she added. “I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now I’m sending so much love to you!!!”
Producer and former Popstars: The Rivals judge Pete Waterman was among those to speak out for Harding, telling Sky News:
Sarah was always, I have to say – and this is not because of today’s news. Sarah was one of my favourites. Sarah was a lovely, lovely person. I remember, as I say, her mum at her house – they were overjoyed – and during the series, we spent a lot of time just talking everything through. It wasn’t easy, the whole competition thing sort of made it us and them, but not with Sarah.
Harding previously shared an update on her cancer diagnosis in early December. “I can’t deny that things are tough right now but I’m fighting as hard as I possibly can and being as brave as I know how,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.
Back in March, she revealed that she was told by doctors that Christmas 2020 “would probably be my last” as she continued to receive treatment for cancer.