Sarah Harding death latest: Girls Aloud's Nadine & Nicole pay tribute to star, 39, as she passes after cancer battle

GIRLS ALOUD star Sarah Harding has died aged 39 after battling breast cancer.

She was diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

Friends told The Sun Sarah, who would have turned 40 in November, had passed away at home this morning.

A friend said: “Sarah slipped away with her family around her.

“She was very much loved.”

Read our Sarah Harding blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRAVE SARAH PREVIOUSLY REVEALED HOW SHE CONTRACTED SEPSIS

    Prior to starting chemo, Sarah contracted sepsis after a port was fitted into her chest, leaving her in intensive care.

    She added: “With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma.

    “Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make noises a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”

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    PICTURED: SARAH HARDING WINS CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER

    Sarah Harding has tragically passed away following a battle with breast cancer.

    The former Girl Aloud star won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.

    Here is the pop favourite leaving the house as the winner of the show to rapturous applause.

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    STATEMENT FROM SARAH HARDING’S MOTHER

    Her mum Marie today confirmed the heartbreaking news on Sarah’s Instagram alongside a touching picture of the star.

    She wrote: “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.- Marie x”.

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    SARAH RELEASED HER LAST MUSIC IN MARCH

    In March Sarah released a previously unheard song, Wear It Like Crown, with all proceeds from the sales going toThe Christie NHS Foundation where she had received cancer treatment.

    The song went straight to No1 on iTunes, with Sarah calling her fans the “best in the world”.

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    KATIE PRICE IN EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE TO SARAH HARDING WHO WAS A BRIDESMAID AT HER WEDDING AS SHE BREAKS SOCIAL MEDIA SILENCE

    Katie Price broke her social media silence today to pay tribute to her friend and former bridesmaid Sarah Harding.

    Katie, who hasn’t posted for two weeks after an alleged assault, shared a picture of them together on Loose Women.

    Writing on Instagram, she said: “I’m devastated to hear my friend, @sarahnicoleharding has passed. You were always such a genuine and honest person.

    “I will remember the all laughs we used to have back in the day… I always valued Sarah’s friendship and my thoughts go out to her family and friends. ❤.”

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    EXPLAINED: WHEN DID SARAH HARDING TRAGICALLY PASS AWAY?

    On September 5, her mum, Marie, posted 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. 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.

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    DENISE VAN OUTEN LEAVES MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE ON INSTAGRAM POST FROM SARAH HARDING’S MOTHER

    Denise Van Outen commented on the Instagram post from Sarah Harding’s mother, Marie, announcing her death.

    Van Outen wrote: “This is so heartbreaking. Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. Thinking of you all. Family and friends”.

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    JODIE KIDD’S EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE TO SARAH

    Model and TV star Jodie Kidd wrote: “Heart aches, fly high and shine bright bubba girl x.”

    “I am so so sorry”.

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    DAVINA MCCALL’S TRIBUTE TO ‘HUGELY FUN’ SARAH HARDING

    Former Big Brother host Davina McCall wrote in a tribute to Sarah Harding: “So so sad to hear about Sarah … a star from the get go, hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile … love to her family and friends.”

    Sarah won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 and became friends with her following the show.

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    EXPLAINED: WHO IS SARAH HARDING?

    Harding, born in Ascot in Berkshire, rose to fame in 2002 as a contestant on Popstars: The Rivals.

    Girls Aloud was created on the show and the group went on to score the Christmas number one that year with their debut single Sound Of The Underground.

    The band went on to release five studio albums, two of which topped the Official Charts Company rankings.

    In addition to her pop success, Harding enjoyed a varied career in acting and television.

    Some of her early credits include roles in the St Trinian’s films and BBC drama Freefall, opposite Dominic Cooper.

    She also made a guest appearance in Coronation Street as Joni in 2015 and was subsequently invited back to feature in more episodes of the ITV soap.

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    WHAT TV SHOW AND FILMS DID SARAH HARDING APPEAR IN?

    Alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates, Harding made a cameo appearance in St. Trinian’s in 2007. She took on her first major acting role in 2008, appearing in the low-budget thriller Bad Day. Harding wore a brunette wig for the role of Jade Jennings.

    During Girls Aloud’s hiatus, Harding decided to focus on her acting career. “Singing was always my main ambition, but acting was something else I wanted to achieve,” Harding said.

    Harding appeared in Freefall aired on BBC Two in July 2009. Harding portrayed Sam, the beautician girlfriend of Dominic Cooper’s character.

    Later that year, Harding returned to the St. Trinian’s franchise with a starring role in St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.

    Despite her age, Harding portrayed teenage rebel Roxy, a new student at St. Trinian’s School.

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    SARAH HARDING HAD HER OWN MTV REALITY SHOW IN 2009

    In December 2009, Harding appeared on MTV’s Sarah Harding in 24 Hours.

    To promote this, she also made a guest appearance on BBC Radio 1 with Chris Moyles.

    Harding and her then-boyfriend, DJ Tom Crayne, also launched a new nightclub named Kanaloa.

    Harding has recently finished filming Run for Your Wife in which she plays one of the wives of th

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    EXPLAINED: WHEN DID SARAH HARDING TRAGICALLY PASS AWAY?

    On September 5, her mum, Marie, posted 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. 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.

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    GERI HORNER PAYS TRIBUTE TO SARAH ON TWITTER

    Geri Horner of the Spice Girls has paid tribute to Sarah Harding.

    She wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace, Sarah Harding.

    “You’ll be remembered for the light and joy you brought to the world.”

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    ‘REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND’, SAYS ‘HEARTBROKEN’ LIZZIE CUNDY

    TV personality Lizzie Cundy said she is “heartbroken” following the death of Sarah Harding.

    In a post on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of them together, she said: “A beautiful girl inside and out … Heartbroken.

    “Thank you for the fun times dear Sarah. Rest in peace my friend.”

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    SARAH HARDING TRIBUTE FROM ANT & DEC ON TWITTER

    A tweet from the official account of Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly said: “Such sad news. RIP Sarah xx”.

  • Milica Cosic

    MORE ON SARAH'S TRAGIC DEATH:

    • Sarah gushed about being 'so happy' in her final Instagram post
    • Tributes have poured in from celeb pals led by her famous ex
    • Inside Sarah's fun-loving life from Girls Aloud glory to reality fame
    • Sarah passed away with her family by her side

    SARAH HARDING’S INCREDIBLE FIRST AUDITION FOR GIRLS ALOUD THAT CHANGED HER LIFE AS STAR DIES AGED 39

    The star, whose death aged just 39 was announced by her devastated mum today, appeared as a young wannabe on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sarah impressed the judging panel performing the Steps song Last Thing on My Mind without so much as a microphone.

    Pete Waterman, who was a judge alongside Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, instantly put her through to the next round saying: “You’re going to London."

    The band, which was assembled by the team of experts, eventually saw Sarah joined by Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

    Read the article in full here.

    TRIBUTES FROM THE CELEB WORLD CONTINUE TO POUR IN

    Former Big Brother host Davina McCall, 53, added: "So so sad to hear about Sarah… a star from the get go , hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile… love to her family and friends."

    Piers Morgan said: "RIP Sarah Harding, 39. A fabulous pop star & delightful lady. Such incredibly sad news."

    Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton, 39, wrote: "I am so sorry for your loss, this is heartbreaking 💔 Thinking of you all x."

    Denise Van Outen, 47, shared a picture of them together, saying: "Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. 💔."

    Ian 'H' Watkins from Steps added: "Fly high beautiful Sarah xx I will miss you xx 💔."

    TV star Fearne Cotton wrote: "Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending your family so much love and strength.

    "She was always kind and so much fun to be around. I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you 🙏🏼."

    EXPLAINED: DID SARAH HARDING HAVE CHILDREN?

    Sarah didn't have any children but always wanted them.

    On finding out advanced breast cancer, opened up in her heartbreaking book Hear Me Out.

    Sarah said among the "sad thoughts" she'd been having was "the idea that I’ll never have children".

    She wrote: "That one came to me the other day when I was talking to Cheryl on the phone.

    "I was saying how we never thought Nadine [Coyle] would be the first one of us to have a child, and that now three of them have kids.

    "It might seem odd to worry about not having children when I don’t even know how much of a life I have left, but it’s there.

    "The truth is, even if my prognosis was better, it still wouldn’t be on the cards because of all the chemotherapy I’ve had.

    "That treatment, harsh as it is, will have killed any chance I might have had. It’s making me cry just thinking about it."

    Read the article in full here.

    SARAH HARDING’S MUM SAYS STAR, 39, ‘DREW COMFORT FROM KNOWING SHE WAS LOVED’ AFTER SHE LOSES CANCER BATTLE

    Sarah’s heartbroken mum Marie described her daughter as a “bright, shining star”.

    Marie confirmed the news of her daughter’s death on Sarah’s official Instagram account.

    Later bandmate Nadine Coyle, 36, posted an emotional statement.

    She wrote: “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!!!”

    Sarah was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August.

    Read more here.

    • Milica Cosic

      NADINE COYLE AND NICOLA ROBERTS ‘ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED’ BY SARAH HARDING’S DEATH AS GIRLS ALOUD SINGERS PAY TRIBUTE

      Nadine Coyle was the first of the remaining Girls Aloud bandmates to pay tribute, writing on Instagram: "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!!! 

      Fellow band mate Nicola Roberts then shared a snap of her and Sarah together and wrote: "I’m absolutely devastated and I can’t accept that this day has come.

      "My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced round my mind. Especially this last year since her diagnosis, as hard as the year has been, our new memories are strong in my heart."

      She continued: "There are so many things to say and at first it felt to personal to put them here and then I remembered that there are so many other people grieving her too.

      "A part of me or us isn’t here anymore and it’s unthinkable and painful and utterly cruel. She would have loved your messages today."

    • Milica Cosic

      SARAH HARDING WAS PLOTTING COMEBACK (CONTINUED…)

      According to insiders Sarah was looking forward to being in control of her musical direction after “feeling she didn’t have free rein” in Girls Aloud.

      The source added: “She was looking forward to being in the driving seat and surprising people.”

      Read more here.

    • Milica Cosic

      SARAH HARDING WAS PLOTTING COMEBACK AS A BLUES SINGER BEFORE BREAST CANCER BATTLE

      Her previously unreleased track, Wear It Like A Crown, shot to the top of the iTunes chart last month.

      And before cancer tragically stalled her big comeback plans, she had been preparing an exciting reinvention as a blues musician.

      Sarah, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, had been workshopping new material and improving her guitar skills in a bid to be seen as a “raw” artist.

      A source said: “Sarah really wanted to revamp herself as an altogether different kind of artist to her Girls Aloud days.

      “She was on a journey to find herself musically and rebrand as a blues artist, as that’s where her passion is.

      "She was playing guitar all night until her fingers bled and watching videos of her favourite performers in order to perfect her sound.

      “Her health issues meant she didn’t get a chance to lay down any tracks, but there’s hope she will ­eventually be well enough to put out the kind of music she loves.”

    • Milica Cosic

      INSIDE SARAH'S LIFE (CONTINUED…)

      Fame seemed the natural choice Sarah, whose musician father John had been in a band called Sunfighter in the 1970s. He introduced her to the microphone when she was only three years old.

      “I never doubted that singing was what I was meant to do,” Sarah said. “I was doing gigs at 16, belting out all the big ballads like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.”

      Read the article in full here.

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