Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding has died aged 39 from breast cancer, according to a statement from her mother.
Ms Harding had announced in August 2020 that she had been diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer which had spread to other parts of her body.
Earlier this year the singer said that doctors had told her that she would not see another Christmas.
In March 2021, she released her memoir, explaining that she had publicly announced her battle with the disease to help others who might be hesitant over seeing a doctor, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Harding is best known for her involvement with the pop group Girls Aloud, with whom she released five studio albums after the group were brought together by the ITV reality talent show “Popstars: The Rivals” in 2002.
In a statement published on Instagram, Sarah’s mother, Marie Harding said: “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.”
Image source: Daily Record