Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has died aged 39 after battling breast cancer.
The singer’s mother Marie broke the news in an Instagram post on Sunday, announcing that her daughter had died that morning.
Alongside a black and white photo of the star, she 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. ‘
Marie continued: ‘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 – Marie x.’
Sarah shared an update on her health battle on social media in August 2020, revealing that the cancer had advanced to other parts of her body.
Posting a selfie from her hospital bed on Twitter, Sarah said that she had been diagnosed with the disease earlier this year.
The No Good Advice singer said: ‘Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these uncertain times. I’ve not posted on here for so long, thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in on me, it really does mean a lot. I feel now is the right time to share what’s been going on.
‘There’s no easy way to say this and actually it doesn’t even feel real writing this, but here goes.
‘Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body.
‘I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can.’
The singer continued: ‘I understand this might be shocking to read on social media and that really isn’t my intention.
‘But last week it was mentioned online that I had been seen in hospital, so I feel now is the time to let people know what’s going on and this is the best way I can think of to do so.
‘My amazing mum, family and close friends are helping me through this, and I want to say a thank you to the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and continue to be heroes.
‘I am doing my very best to keep positive and will keep you updated here with how I’m getting on.
‘In the meantime I hope you’ll all understand and respect my request for privacy during this difficult time. Sending you all so much love….xx.’
Her Girls Aloud bandmates sent messages of support on social media, with Cheryl posting an emoji of a broken heart.
Nicola Roberts said: ‘It goes without saying that this is blindsiding. @SarahNHarding you’re so loved and supported.’
Sarah found fame on the TV series Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 where she, Cheryl, Nicola, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle were selected to form Girls Aloud.
The five piece reunited for their tenth anniversary in 2012, releasing the greatest hits album Ten.
After performing the final show of their tour in 2013, they announced the group had split.
The singer has also appeared on The Jump, Coronation Street and Celebrity Big Brother, and appeared on stage in Ghost: The Musical.
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