Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding dies aged 39
Sarah Harding, a member of Girls Aloud, has died.
Sarah had been battling breast cancer and lost her fight Sunday.
Sarah’s mom wrote, “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away,” adding, “Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.”
Sarah got her big break in 2002 on the British talent show, “Popstars: The Rivals” … where the band was formed. Sarah was picked last of the 5 women, and she sobbed like crazy.
The singer said last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and it had spread to other parts of her body. On Sunday, her mother Marie said on Instagram: “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,” she wrote. She added that Harding was a “bright shining star” and would have wanted to be remembered for that, rather than for her fight against cancer.
Harding found fame in 2002 as a contestant on the ITV talent show “Popstars: The Rivals,” which paved the way for her joining Girls Aloud alongside Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Tweedy and Nadine Coyle.
The group had several hits including “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine” and “The Promise” before it split up in 2013.
After Girls Aloud, Harding appeared in several movies and television shows as well as a stage adaptation of “Ghost” the movie. She won the reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2017.