Shock at death of Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding

Girls Aloud From Left: Sarah Harding and Cheryl Tweedy play at Time Night club in Norwich, Norfolk o

Sarah Harding performing with Girls Aloud at Time nightclub in Norwich in 2004. - Credit: Steve Parsons

Girls Aloud fans across Britain and around the world have been devastated by the death of Sarah Harding at 39 from cancer.

The singer's revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.

Harding performed several times in Norfolk and Waveney with the groundbreaking girl-band, including at Holkham Estate in 2007, Time nightclub in Norwich in 2004 and Pop Beach in Great Yarmouth in 2003.

Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding members of Girls Aloud play at Time Night club in Norwich, Norfol

Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding, right, from Girls Aloud at Time nightclub in Norwich in 2004. - Credit: Steve Parsons

Her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram and described her "beautiful" daughter as "a bright shining star".

The caption under the black and white image of Harding smiling said: "It's with deep heartbreak that today I'm sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.

A wind break falls on Girls Aloud as they get ready for a photo call during Pop Beach 2003, in Great

Sarah Harding, top left, and the other Girls Aloud singers, ready for a photo call during Pop Beach 2003, in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Archant Library 2003


"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.

Girls Aloud during the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Berkeley Square in central London - the

Sarah Harding, right, and the other members of Girls Aloud during the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Berkeley Square in central London. - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images


"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"
Earlier this year, Harding said she was told by a doctor she will probably not be alive next Christmas.

In an extract of her memoir, titled Hear Me Out, which was published in The Times, Harding wrote: "In December my doctor told me that the upcoming Christmas would probably be my last.
"I don't want an exact prognosis. I don't know why anyone would want that.

Girls Aloud in concert at Holkham Hall.Photo: Paul HewittCopy:Richard Parr For: EDP newsEDP

Girls Aloud in concert at Holkham Hall in 2007, with Sarah Harding centre. - Credit: Paul Hewitt

Girls Aloud in concert at Holkham Hall.Photo: Paul HewittCopy:Richard Parr For: EDP newsEDP

Girls Aloud in concert at Holkham Hall in 2007. - Credit: Paul Hewitt


"Comfort and being as pain-free as possible is what's important to me now."
Harding said she is "trying to live and enjoy every second of my life, however long it might be".
"I am having a glass of wine or two during all this, because it helps me relax," she added.

Girls Aloud playing performing at Time nightclub in Norwich in 2004, with Sarah Harding on the right. 

Girls Aloud playing performing at Time nightclub in Norwich in 2004, with Sarah Harding on the right. - Credit: Steve Parsons

Girls Aloud singers Cheryl Tweedy and Sarah Harding (left) play at Time nightclub in Norwich in 2004. 

Girls Aloud singers Cheryl Tweedy and Sarah Harding (left) play at Time nightclub in Norwich in 2004. - Credit: Steve Parsons


"I'm sure some people might think that's not a great idea, but I want to try to enjoy myself.
"I'm at a stage now where I don't know how many months I have left.
"Who knows, maybe I'll surprise everyone, but that's how I'm looking at things."
Harding said publicly revealing her diagnosis was "scary" but was also "the right thing to do".

Girls Aloud From Left: Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh,Sarah Harding , Cheryl Tweedy and Nicola Robert

Girls Aloud performed at Norwich's Time nightclub in 2004. Sarah Harding is third from left. - Credit: Steve Parsons


She said the support she has received has been "incredible", adding: "I've been inundated with lovely messages from my fans. I'm grateful beyond words for that."
Harding found fame with Girls Aloud which were formed on ITV's Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

*Did you see Sarah Harding in concert or were you a fan? Share your memories, tributes and photos in the comments below, or email reporter stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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