Sarah Harding – a former member of girl group Girls Aloud – has died aged 39, her mother has confirmed.
In an Instagram post, Harding’s mother Marie said: “It is with deep sorrow that I share the news today that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.
“Many of you know Sarah fought cancer and fought so hard from her diagnosis until her last day. She escaped peacefully this morning.
“I want 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 that she was loved.
“I know she won’t want to be remembered for her battle with this terrible disease – she was a shining star and I hope this is how she will be remembered instead. . – Marie x ”.
Harding was an English singer, model and actress who rose to fame in late 2002 when she successfully auditioned for the ITV reality series Popstars: The Rivals.
With Girls Aloud, Harding has made twenty consecutive top ten singles (including four number one) in the UK, six studio albums certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), two of which went to number one in the UK, and have racked up a total of five BRIT Award nominations.
“Trying to live and enjoy every second”
Harding revealed in August 2020 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body. Earlier this year, Harding said a doctor told her she probably wouldn’t be alive next Christmas.
In an excerpt from his memoir, titled Hear Me Out, which appeared in The Times, Harding wrote: “In December my doctor told me that next Christmas would probably be my last.
“I don’t want an exact prognosis. I don’t know why anyone would want this. Comfort and being as painless as possible is what is important to me now.
Harding said that she “tries to live and enjoy every second of my life, however long it may be”.
“I drink a glass of wine or two during this, because it helps me relax,” she added. “I’m sure some people might think it’s not a good idea, but I want to try and have fun.
“I’m at a point where I don’t know how many months I have left. Who knows, maybe I’ll surprise everyone, but that’s how I see it.
Harding said publicly revealing his diagnosis was “scary” but also “the right thing to do.”
She said the support she received was “amazing”, adding: “I was inundated with adorable messages from my fans. I am grateful beyond words for this.
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This notice was published: 2021-09-05 13:31:03