Sarah Harding, the 39-year-old lead singer of British-Irish pop group Girls Aloud, tragically died of breast cancer today.
The singer was diagnosed back in August 2020, according to Fox News. The outlet also reported that Harding’s mom released the news via the singer’s Instagram page. Marie shared a gorgeous black and white photo of her daughter to go along with the heartbreaking post.
“It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away,” Sarah Harding’s mother wrote in the caption earlier. “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.”
Marie continued by saying, “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.”
Sarah Harding joined Girls Aloud back in 2002 when the band was created on the reality TV series, “Popstars: The Rivals.” The band, which also included Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh, broke up in 2013.
But her band members mourned her death, posting beautiful tributes to Sarah Harding on their Instagram pages.
Fans, Family, and Friends Mourn Sarah Harding’s Tragic Death
Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle wrote in a touching caption, “I am absolutely devastated!! I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!! I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now, I’m sending so much love to you!!!”
Earlier, fellow band member Cheryl Tweedy said, “Rest In Peace my beautiful angel. I can’t believe she is gone. Sarah was such a strong woman, she fought with everything she had I know it! She will be remembered as the funny, kindhearted woman she always was. Sending all my love to Sarah’s family and friends.”
Four months ago, Sarah Harding released a memoir titled, “Hear Me Out.” In the book, she talked about how her doctor told her last year that it would be her last Christmas. She also discussed how she shut out the pain from the disease and treatment.
“At first I thought it was just a cyst. I’d been playing my guitar a lot, and I thought the strap had probably irritated an area around my breast,” she wrote. “It got so bad that I couldn’t sleep in a bed anymore. I slept on the sofa, popping painkillers like they were Smarties. I really overdid it, but the pain was overwhelming. Eventually, my skin started to bruise, and by now I was terrified.”
While we’re heartbroken over her loss, it’s good that she’s no longer in pain. Rest easy, Sarah Harding, and our condolences to her friends and family.