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Stars pay tribute as Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding dies aged 39

Sarah shared updates with fans on her cancer diagnosis (Picture: Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images)

Tributes have come pouring in for Sarah Harding following the news that the Girls Aloud has died aged 39.

In a statement released by Sarah’s mum on Instagram, it was confirmed that Sarah has died after suffering from breast cancer.

The statement read: ‘It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.’

Sarah’s mother, Marie, said that she ‘slipped away peacefully this morning’, adding: ‘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.’

Fans have shared their heartbreak over Sarah’s death, with stars also paying tribute to the late singer.

In a comment underneath the Instagram post, Fearne Cotton wrote: ‘Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending your family so much love and strength. She was always kind and so much fun to be around. I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you’

Katie Price shared a photo of her and Sarah on Loose Women together, and said: ‘I’m devastated to hear my friend, @sarahnicoleharding has passed.

‘You were always such a genuine and honest person, I will remember the all laughs we used to have back in the day…I always valued Sarah’s friendship and my thoughts go out to her family and friends.’

Martin Kemp shared a tweet expressing his condolences to Sarah’s loved ones, saying: ‘So sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans.. Rest in peace!’

Model Danielle Lloyd wrote that she was ‘heartbroken’, while Drag Race UK star Cheryl Hole said: ‘We will forever and always love you Sarah! Your beautiful spirit will live on forever! Sending so much love to your family.’

‘Such sad news. RIP Sarah xx,’ tweeted the official account for Ant and Dec.

‘So so sad to hear about Sarah … a star from the get go , hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile , … love to her family and friends,’ said Davina McCall.

Louis Walsh, who was a judge on ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 when Girls Aloud was formed, said in a statement that he will remember Harding with “great fondness”.

‘It’s just sad she has gone too young. She was always fun and the life and soul of the party,’ he said.

‘Anytime she came to Dublin in the early days we went out to the pod nightclub and would be the last to leave.

‘It’s just so unfair, I was hoping she was getting better. She was fun and loved music, dancing and life. I will remember her with great fondness.’

Geri Horner, who was also a judge on Popstars: The Rivals, tweeted: ‘Rest in peace, Sarah Harding. You’ll be remembered for the light and joy you brought to the world. X.’

Fellow Popstars: The Rivals judge Pete Waterman told Sky News that he will ‘always remember her smile and the friendship and that bouncing on the bed’ when he revealed that she’d been chosen for Girls Aloud.

In a comment posted on Instagram, Alesha Dixon described Sarah as a ‘bright shining star’, writing: ‘Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. Thank you for your love and kindness angel.’

Reality star Jessica Wright wrote: ‘This is so so sad. So so sorry for your loss and sending my deepest condolences. Another angel taken far too soon.’

‘Fly high beautiful Sarah xx I will miss you xx,’ wrote Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins.

Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel tweeted: ‘Ah no…. So sad to hear about Sarah Harding’s passing. F**k cancer man….’

Commenting on the post shared by Sarah’s mum, Alan Carr wrote: ‘Such awful news. Heartbreaking.’

Lisa Snowdown also wrote: ‘Dearest Sarah. RIP,’ while Denise Van Outen said: ‘This is so heartbreaking. Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. Thinking of you all. Family and friends.’

JLS singer Oritsé Williams tweeted that on the times he met Sarah, ‘she was always so bubbly, such a big beautiful personality’.

‘My sincerest sympathies and heart goes out to Sarah’s friends, family & band members,’ he wrote.

‘I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of Sarah Harding. What a beautiful girl and person she really was,’ said actor and former Hear’Say band member Kym Marsh.

‘I don’t claim to have known her very well but what I did know was how fun and kind she really was. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. Sleep tight x.’

In a post shared on Twitter, reality TV star Calum Best recalled the ‘crazy fun times and adventures’ he and Sarah shared.

‘Jesus this one hits home , so damn sad, so young,’ he wrote.

‘I hope u rest In peace Sarah we had some crazy fun times and adventures . U will be so very missed . Sending so much love to ur mom [sic].’

Vernon Kay tweeted that throughout Sarah’s career, she was ‘always the driving energy in the room’.

In August 2020, Sarah shared an update with fans on her health, revealing that the cancer had advanced to other parts of her body.

Sharing a selfie that she took from her hospital bed on Twitter, the pop star said that she had been diagnosed with the disease earlier this year.


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