Sarah Harding death latest: Kym Marsh & Catherine Tyldesley lead Corrie tributes to Girls Aloud star 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.

And Sarah's former Coronation Street stars paid tribute to the popular actress and singer.

Kym Marsh, who also first found fame on the very first series of Popstars winning with band Hear'say, paid tribute to Sarah saying: "What a beautiful girl and person she really was. I

"I don’t claim to have known her very well but what I did know was how fun and kind she really was.

"My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. Sleep tight."

Read our Sarah Harding blog below for the latest updates…

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    SARAH HARDING'S EX CALLUM BEST PAYS TRIBUTE

    Sarah's ex, reality star Calum Best, 40, who she dated in 2005, wrote that he was "so blessed" to have known her.

    Sharing a picture of them together he wrote: "Jesus this one hits home, this is so sad, so young, so much life, so much talent.

    "Sarah I’m so sorry ur gone , I will always remember the good times, I remember when we met around 22/23 at a event for glamour, spent all night flirting.

    "We then spent a few years together and I remember u where a shoulder for me when my dad passed and I valued u so much for that ! So blessed we where able to continue on a 16 year friendship."

    He concluded: "Rest in peace gorgeous and sending so much love to ur mom."

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    CONTINUED…

    Sarah was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

    Nadine Coyle was the first of her Girls Aloud co-stars to pay tribute, writing on Instagram last night: "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!!

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    SUSANNA REID’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO SARAH HARDING ON GMB AFTER GIRLS ALOUD STAR’S TRAGIC DEATH

    SUSANNA Reid and Dr Hilary Jones have paid touching tributes to brave Sarah Harding after the Girls Aloud star’s tragic death yesterday.

    The Good Morning Britain presenters urged Brits who have noticed changes in their bodies to go and see a doctor during an emotional chat about the “wonderful” star.

    Dr Hilary said Sarah’s diagnosis was “rare” – with just five per cent of breast cancer diagnosed in under 40s.

    “The majority of women who develop it are in their 60s, 70s and beyond, so this is an unusual case,” he said.

    “The NHS prioritises cancer treatment, despite the pandemic, which did affect normal services at the beginning particularly. Now cancer is being prioritised. We want to see people who have any suspicious symptoms at all.”

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    GIRLS ALOUD STAR KIMBERLEY WALSH PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER FORMER BANDMATE SARAH

    Posting a picture of them together she wrote: "Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear.

    "Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world. Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard.

    "Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today. My heart is broken."

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    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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    NICOLA ROBERTS SAYS HER 'HEART IS ACHING' OVER SARAH'S DEATH

    Another former band member, Nicola Roberts, 35, 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.

    “Electric girl, you made us. You gave it everything and still with a smile.

    “A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you.”

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    GIRLS ALOUD STAR NADINE COYLE 'DEVASTATED' BY SARAH'S DEATH

    Bandmate Nadine Coyle, 36, is one of the celebrities to tell of their grief.

    In a social media post, said: “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!!!”

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    'DEVASTATING'

    And Susanna said: "One of the legacies must be that we are all much more aware.

    "Perhaps women don't know a lump under their arm can be a symptom."

    Tragically, Sarah faced delays to her treatment due to the first Covid lockdown, writing in book Hear Me Out: "Everything went into slow motion or stopped altogether."

    Susanna said: "That's such a devastating line."

    "I think this fact will bring many women down to earth today – just 39," Dr Hilary said.

    "People needn't be fearful of going into hospital, getting these tests, or bothering their GP – we want to see you if you have signs or symptoms."

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    SUSANNA REID’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO SARAH HARDING ON GMB AFTER GIRLS ALOUD STAR’S TRAGIC DEATH

    SUSANNA Reid and Dr Hilary Jones have paid touching tributes to brave Sarah Harding after the Girls Aloud star's tragic death yesterday.

    The Good Morning Britain presenters urged Brits who have noticed changes in their bodies to go and see a doctor during an emotional chat about the "wonderful" star.

    Dr Hilary said Sarah's diagnosis was "rare" – with just five per cent of breast cancer diagnosed in under 40s.

    "The majority of women who develop it are in their 60s, 70s and beyond, so this is an unusual case," he said.

    "The NHS prioritises cancer treatment, despite the pandemic, which did affect normal services at the beginning particularly. Now cancer is being prioritised. We want to see people who have any suspicious symptoms at all."

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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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    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    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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