Sarah Harding has died aged 39 following a battle with breast cancer, according to reports.
A statement has been released on Instagram by the Girls Aloud singer’s mum, confirming the tragic news.
It reads: “A message from Sarah’s mum.
Watch as Sarah Harding opened up about her cancer battle in the clip below…
“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, Harding confirmed her cancer diagnosis through a lengthy, emotional social media post.
Alongside a photo of herself in hospital, she wrote: “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.”
She continued: “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.”
The singer, who was born in Ascot, shot to fame back in 2002, when she starred on the talent show Popstars: The Rivals.
Harding made it to the final after being paired up with Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberly Walsh and Nicola Roberts, who formed Girls Aloud.
The rock chic and the rest of the group went on to have 21 Top 10 singles and five Top 20 Studio Albums.
Girls Aloud hit the road one last time back in 2013, when they celebrated their tenth anniversary.
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