Sarah Harding has died at the age of 39 just a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Her mum broke the news on Sunday (September 5) with a tribute shared to Instagram.
In a post next to a black and white image of her daughter, 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. 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.”
In August 2020, Sarah announced that she had been diagnosed with the disease and was receiving chemotherapy.
Her diagnosis came after finding a lump in her breast, which she ignored until it was extremely painful thinking it was ‘just’ a cyst until her skin started to bruise.
However in March this year, she revealed the devastating news that the cancer had spread to her spine and she knew she was dying.
Sarah had first found fame with the music group Girls Aloud, which was put together on the reality TV show Popstars back in 2002.
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The band consisted of Sarah, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts, and together they enormous success with 20 top 10 singles and built a fortune of £30million through their record sales and tours.
Girls Aloud went on hiatus later in 2009 and Sarah began an acting career that continued after the group’s 2013 split.
She appeared in two St Trinian’s movies, the BBC TV film Freefall with Dominic Cooper, and the Danny Dyer movie Run for Your Wife.
She played wronged lover Joni Preston in four episodes of Coronation Street, along with starring in stage productions and in a number of reality television shows.
Sarah leaves behind her devoted mum Marie, who became her carer when she first got sick.
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