Sarah Harding’s consultant who treated the singer before her death from breast cancer has praised the Girl Aloud star’s ‘resilience’.
Harding died from breast cancer, aged 39, on Sunday, September 5 after a 15-month battle with the disease.
‘She was absolutely brilliant. It was a very, very sad day,’ Dr Sacha Howell told Kay Burley on Sky News. ‘Clearly for the family and friends more so – but for myself and the team on the ward who have nursed her a good length of time.
‘We are all extremely sad.’
Earlier in the programme, Pete Waterman – who was one of the judges on Popstars: The Rivals where Harding found fame in 2002 – described the chart-topper as ‘fragile’.
‘Pete Waterman’s comment was right, there was an element of fragility to Sarah,’ said Howell. ‘But she had a real mettle to her as well. She was a really resilient woman, it is such a sad loss.’
Harding’s mother Marie confirmed the Sound of the Underground hitmaker died in a painful Instagram post, alongside a stunning black and white photo of the popstar.
In a statement, Marie 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. ‘
Marie continued: ‘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.’
Endless tributes poured in for the singer, with her Girls Aloud band mates saying they were ‘absolutely devastated’.
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