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Girls Aloud Singer Sarah Harding: Dead At 39

Singer Sarah Harding of the British pop band Girls Aloud has died after a battle with breast cancer. She was 39.

A year ago last month the singer announced that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and it had spread to other parts of her body.

On Sunday, her mother Marie took to Instagram to say: “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,” adding that her daughter was a “bright shining star” and would have wanted to be remembered for that, rather than for her fight against cancer.

Earlier this year Sarah was told by a doctor that she would likely not see next Christmas and In her autobiography, released in March, the singer said she opted to announce her illness in hopes that others who have concerns would seek medical help and not leave a cancer diagnosis until it’s too late.

Sarah 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 fellow female band mates Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Tweedy and Nadine Coyle who, together, enjoyed several hits including “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine” and “The Promise” before they split up in 2013.

After Girls Aloud, Harding appeared in several movies and television shows as well as the stage adaptation of “Ghost” the movie. She won the reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2017.

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Author: Brad LeBeau

Photo: Mandy Coombes