Tributes flood in for Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding
The singer passed away on Sunday morning.
Tributes have poured in from across the world of entertainment and music in honour of Sarah Harding, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 39.
Harding, who was part of Girls Aloud from their creation in 2002 right up to when they split up in 2018, had been diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. In March she said that she didn't expect to live until Christmas as the cancer had spread to her spine.
Speaking on Harding's Instagram account, her mother Marie announced the sad news of her passing.
"It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away," she wrote.
"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."
And social media was immediately flooded with tributes for Harding.
Former Spice Girl Geri Horner wrote that Harding would be "remembered for the light and joy you brought the world."
Rest in peace, Sarah Harding. You’ll be remembered for the light and joy you brought to the world. X
— Geri Horner (@GeriHalliwell) September 5, 2021
Paul Sinha also tweeted his condolences following the news of her death.
RIP Sarah Harding. Cherish life. None of us know what's round the corner.
— Paul Sinha (@paulsinha) September 5, 2021
Singer Mae Muller described it as a "devastating loss," adding that Girls Aloud had been "such a huge part of my childhood."
Can’t quite believe it 💔 rest in peace to Sarah Harding, a devastating loss, gone way way too soon. Girls Aloud was such a huge part of my childhood, it’s just so surreal she’s gone. Thoughts are with her family ❤️
— Mae Muller 🌹 (@maemuller_) September 5, 2021
Spandau Ballet musician Martin Kemp wrote: "Sarah Harding. So sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans.. Rest in peace!"
Davina McCall tweeted: "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 Harding So sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans..
Rest in peace! pic.twitter.com/Gg5QPgfb4w
— Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp) September 5, 2021
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 ❤️ #SarahHarding
— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) September 5, 2021
Vernon Kay described the popstar as "always the driving energy in the room."
Very sad news.
From the moment Pop Idol finished GA were regularly on T4 and Radio1. Sarah was always the driving energy in the room….RIP. pic.twitter.com/glfTqXGFnH
— Vernon Kay (@vernonkay) September 5, 2021