Sarah Harding, a member of the iconic British pop music group Girls Aloud, has died of cancer at the age of 39. Harding’s mother, Marie, wrote on Harding’s Instagram page Sunday: “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. 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 joined ‘Girls Aloud’ and won Popstars: The Rivals alongside Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, and Kimberley Walsh in 2002. She also won the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother 20 in 2017 and appeared on Coronation Street. Harding also released music as a solo artist; her single, “Wear It Like a Crown,” topped the iTunes charts in 2021 with proceeds being donated to the Christie NHS Foundation where she received her treatment.

Harding first revealed her cancer diagnosis in August 2020, undergoing chemotherapy and a mastectomy to fight the disease.

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