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Tribute to stars as Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding dies of cancer UK News

Sarah has appeared at Sheffield Arena on several occasions with Girls Aloud, most notably in 2005, 2009 and 2013. She was also scheduled to star in Ghost the Musical at the Lyceum in 2017, but dropped out of tour.

The singer revealed last August that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which has spread to other parts of her body.

Her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram and described her “beautiful” daughter as “a bright, shining star”.

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The caption under the black and white image of smiling Sarah read: “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’s battle with cancer and the fact that she 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 at the place. – Marie x “

Tributes were paid to Harding by pop stars and television personalities.

Geri Horner of the Spice Girls wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace Sarah Harding. You will be remembered for the light and joy you have brought to the world.”

Former Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp tweeted: “Sarah Harding, so sad, my thoughts are with all your friends and family and all your fans.”

Former Big Brother host Davina McCall wrote: “So sad to hear about Sarah… a star right off the bat, extremely fun and outgoing but also fragile… love for her family and friends.”

Reality TV star Calum Best has spoken of the “crazy, fun times and adventures” he had with Harding.

He said on Twitter: “Jesus, this one knocking at home, so sad, so young.

“I hope you rest in peace Sarah, we had some fun times and crazy adventures.

“We will miss you very much. I send so much love to your mom.”

His post was accompanied by three photos of him standing with Harding.

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’s important to me now.”

She said the support she received was “amazing”, adding: “I was inundated with beautiful messages from my fans. I am grateful beyond words for it.”

Girls Aloud was formed on ITV Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

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This notice was published: 2021-09-05 14:43:05

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