SARAH HARDING of the pop group Girls Aloud has died from breast cancer at the age of 39.
Harding revealed in August 2020 that she had been diagnosed with advance stage breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.
Her mother Marie confirmed the news today on the singer's Instagram page, describing her daughter as a 'shining star'.
"It's with deep heartbreak that today I'm sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away," she wrote.
"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.
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"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."
Harding achieved fame as a member of Girls Aloud, which was formed on the British television show Pop Stars: The Rivals in 2002.
Along with Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, the group saw their debut single, Sound of the Underground, reach No. 1 in Britain and Ireland.
The group achieved 20 consecutive top-10 singles in Britain, of which four went to No. 1.
Meanwhile they enjoyed 22 consecutive top-20 hits in Ireland, with 13 of those entering the top-10.