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Girls Aloud star ‘fought’ cancer ‘incredibly hard for 15 months’ as Cheryl joins tributes

CHERYL Tweedy has broken her silence on Sarah Harding’s devastating death, saying “I love you, farewell”.

Former Girls Aloud star Sarah died aged 39 on Sunday, 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.

Heartbroken bandmate Cheryl said today: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft-hearted girl has departed.

“As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans. We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name.

“I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.

“She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you most. I also realise so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I am sending you all so much love, I love you Sarah… farewell. Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts.”

And Sarah’s consultant has told Sky News how she bravely battle the disease after “nursing her for a good length of time”.

Dr Sacha Howell said: “It was a very, very sad day – 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.

“Pete Waterman’s comment was right, there was an element of fragility to Sarah, but she had a real mettle to her as well. She was a really resilient woman, it is such a sad loss.”

Read our Sarah Harding blog below for the latest updates…

  • SARAH’S MOTHER MARIE PAYS TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO HER DAUGHTER ON INSTAGRAM

    On Instagram, her mother Marie wrote: “It is 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.”

    Harding announced the shock news of her breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020, saying the disease had spread to other parts of her body.

  • SARAH ONCE SAID CHRISTMAS 2020 WOULD BE HER LAST

    Sarah also wrote about being told how the Christmas just past would be her last and explained she had asked doctors not to give her a time.

    She explained: “I don’t want an exact prognosis. I don’t know why anyone would want that. Comfort and being as pain-free as possible is what’s important to me now.

    “Silly little things make me happy: my lie-ins, watching Family Guy on TV through the night when I can’t sleep, roasting a chicken for Mum and me on a Sunday, if I’m feeling up to it.”

  • SARAH HARDING’S INCREDIBLE FIRST AUDITION FOR GIRLS ALOUD THAT CHANGED HER LIFE AS STAR DIES AGED 39

    The star, whose death aged just 39 was announced by her devastated mum today, appeared as a young wannabe on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sarah impressed the judging panel performing the Steps song Last Thing on My Mind without so much as a microphone.

    Pete Waterman, who was a judge alongside Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, instantly put her through to the next round saying: “You’re going to London.”

    The band, which was assembled by the team of experts, eventually saw Sarah joined by Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

    Read the article in full here.

  • KIMBERLEY WALSH REVEALS GIRLS ALOUD REUNION IS ON HOLD

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 39-year-old revealed any reunion is on hold saying all of the girls have made their co-star’s health a priority.

    And Kimberley – who is due to give birth to her third child any day now – explained how she, Cheryl, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts have all been getting together to look after their pal.

    It will be 20 years since Girls Aloud burst onto the music scene with their debut hit single, Sound of the Underground.

    But, when asked if there were any plans for a reunion, Kimberley insisted all the girls have made Sarah’s health a priority.

    Read more here.

  • TRIBUTES FROM THE CELEB WORLD CONTINUE TO POUR IN

    Former Big Brother host Davina McCall, 53, added: “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.”

    Piers Morgan said: “RIP Sarah Harding, 39. A fabulous pop star & delightful lady. Such incredibly sad news.”

    Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton, 39, wrote: “I am so sorry for your loss, this is heartbreaking 💔 Thinking of you all x.”

    Denise Van Outen, 47, shared a picture of them together, saying: “Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. 💔.”

    Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps added: “Fly high beautiful Sarah xx I will miss you xx 💔.”

    TV star Fearne Cotton wrote: “Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending your family so much love and strength.

    “She was always kind and so much fun to be around. I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you 🙏🏼.”

  • SARAH HARDING GUSHED SHE WAS ‘SO SO HAPPY’ AFTER MAKING NUMBER 1 ON ITUNES IN TRAGIC LAST INSTAGRAM POST

    In her final Instagram post in March, the Girls Aloud star thanked her fans, saying she was overwhelmed by their support.

    Sharing the cover image, Sarah wrote: “OMG. I can’t believe it. Number one on iTunes. 

    “I’m a bit overwhelmed, but so so happy. Thank you thank you.”

    Tributes today poured in for the singer, whose mum revealed had “slipped away” after fighting the terrible disease.

  • 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.”

  • FEARNE COTTON PAYS TRIBUTE TO ‘KIND’ SARAH HARDING

    Fearne Cotton was among those paying tribute on the Instagram post from Sarah Harding’s mother announcing her death aged 39.

    Cotton wrote: “Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending your family so much love and strength.

    “She was always kind and so much fun to be around.

    “I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you.”

  • 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.

  • WHAT DID SARAH HARDING SAY ABOUT HER TREATMENT?

    Sarah said she was rushed to intensive care before her chemotherapy treatment had even begun after a port fitted into her chest led to sepsis.

    “With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma,” wrote Sarah. “Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make noises like a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”

    After coming out of a coma, Sarah went on to start chemo and had a mastectomy.

    Before the operation, she recalled how surgeons made a drawing of the parts of her breast that would need to be removed and she was horrified to see it was ‘virtually all of it.’

    The singer said she ‘screamed the place down’ when she came round from the op and was relieved to have her mum by her side.

    “Now there’s just a bunch of stitches where my breast used to be. I can’t look at myself in the mirror anymore. I don’t recognise myself,’” she admitted.

  • WHO WAS SARAH HARDING?

    Sarah Harding was a singer and actor who found fame in legendary pop band Girls Aloud.

    She sang alongside Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, but the group split in 2013, just a year after they reunited for their ten year anniversary.

    She has also had roles in St Trinian’s in 2007 and BBC television film Freefall.

    She also appeared briefly in Coronation Street in 2015 for a few episodes playing Joni – the wife of returning character Robert Preston.

    Sarah has made guest appearances on TV shows such as Tumble, Celebrity MasterChef, Dating in the Dark and Celebrity Juice.

    Away from the screens, she has also modelled including for Ultimo lingerie.

  • EXPLAINED: DID SARAH HARDING HAVE CHILDREN?

    Sarah didn’t have any children but always wanted them. On finding out advanced breast cancer, opened up in her heartbreaking book Hear Me Out.

    Sarah said among the “sad thoughts” she’d been having was “the idea that I’ll never have children”.

    She wrote: “That one came to me the other day when I was talking to Cheryl on the phone. I was saying how we never thought Nadine [Coyle] would be the first one of us to have a child, and that now three of them have kids.

    “It might seem odd to worry about not having children when I don’t even know how much of a life I have left, but it’s there. The truth is, even if my prognosis was better, it still wouldn’t be on the cards because of all the chemotherapy I’ve had.

    “That treatment, harsh as it is, will have killed any chance I might have had. It’s making me cry just thinking about it.”

  • DEVASTATED SARAH HARDING FANS RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN HER MEMORY AFTER HER TRAGIC DEATH AGED 39

    Sarah Harding’s devastated fans have set up a fundraising page in her memory to support the cancer treatment centre that cared for the singer before her death.

    Natasha Young, one of the people behind the page, wrote: “Lets try and raise as much money as we can for The Christie who cared for Sarah in her time of need.”

    She said the fundraiser has the backing of Sarah’s management who called it a “lovely idea”.

    So far it has raised £730.

    Pop star Sarah died aged 39 barely 12 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Girls Aloud star was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

  • EXPLAINED: DID SARAH HARDING HAVE CHILDREN?

    Sarah didn’t have any children but always wanted them. On finding out advanced breast cancer, opened up in her heartbreaking book Hear Me Out.

    Sarah said among the “sad thoughts” she’d been having was “the idea that I’ll never have children”.

    She wrote: “That one came to me the other day when I was talking to Cheryl on the phone. I was saying how we never thought Nadine [Coyle] would be the first one of us to have a child, and that now three of them have kids.

    “It might seem odd to worry about not having children when I don’t even know how much of a life I have left, but it’s there. The truth is, even if my prognosis was better, it still wouldn’t be on the cards because of all the chemotherapy I’ve had.

    “That treatment, harsh as it is, will have killed any chance I might have had. It’s making me cry just thinking about it.”

  • SARAH HARDING HAD HER OWN MTV REALITY SHOW IN 2009

    In December 2009, Harding appeared on MTV’s Sarah Harding in 24 Hours.

    To promote this, she also made a guest appearance on BBC Radio 1 with Chris Moyles.

    Harding and her then-boyfriend, DJ Tom Crayne, also launched a new nightclub named Kanaloa.

    Harding has recently finished filming Run for Your Wife in which she plays one of the wives of the lead character, John Smith. The film was released on 14 February 2013.

  • VERNON KAY JOINS IN TRIBUTES TO ‘DRIVING ENERGY’ SARAH HARDING

    TV presenter Vernon Kay described Harding as “the driving energy in the room” on social media.

    “Very sad news,” he tweeted.

    “From the moment Pop Idol finished GA were regularly on T4 and Radio1. Sarah was always the driving energy in the room… RIP.”

  • 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”.

  • EXPLAINED: HOW DID SARAH PASS AWAY?

    On August 26, 2020, Sarah made the heartbreaking revelation on Twitter that she has breast cancer and it has advanced to other parts of her body.

    She explained that she dismissed a lump on her breast as a cyst during the pandemic, and only went to doctors when her skin began to bruise realising that something was seriously wrong.

    She was rushed to hospital with sepsis and a failing kidney and liver, only saved by a medically induced coma.

    She posted a photo of herself from her hospital bed and said she is “fighting as hard as I possibly can” and tweeted: “Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body.

    “I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can.”

    And 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.”

  • 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.”

  • SARAH HARDING SPENT NIGHT CRYING WITH NADINE COYLE AFTER CANCER NEWS

    Prior to the singer’s death, Harding opened up about how some of her dearest friends and bandmates helped her deal with the diagnosis.

    One source of comfort was the star’s Girl’s Aloud bandmate and long-time friend, Nadine Coyle.

    Harding opened up about drowning her sorrows with her pal in her new tell-all autobiography.

    Harding wrote about spending an evening with Nadine, crying, drinking wine and eating cheese, as her friend told her how much she loved her.

    “Throughout the evening, we all had our moments of hysterical laugher followed by tears.

    “At one point, Nadine told me in no uncertain terms how much she cared about me: ‘You don’t understand, Sarah. I love you!’”

    “OK, so it wasn’t like the nights of wild partying I did back in the day, but it was still very special.”

    Read the article in full here.

  • SARAH SAID SHE HAD BECOME CLOSE WITH HER GIRLS ALOUD BANDMATES AGAIN

    In her book, Sarah Harding wrote about reuniting with her Girls Aloud bandmates Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle and said they had become close again.

    She also spoke candidly about her experience of living with cancer and told how she had almost died following a battle with sepsis while in hospital.

  • INSIDE SARAH’S LIFE (CONTINUED…)

    Fame seemed the natural choice Sarah, whose musician father John had been in a band called Sunfighter in the 1970s. He introduced her to the microphone when she was only three years old.

    “I never doubted that singing was what I was meant to do,” Sarah said. “I was doing gigs at 16, belting out all the big ballads like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.”

    Read the article in full here.

  • INSIDE SARAH HARDING’S FUN-LOVING LIFE FROM GIRLS ALOUD GLORY TO REALITY STARDOM

    The 39-year-old – whose death from cancer was announced today – certainly made sure she wouldn’t have any of those.

    The vivacious blonde threw her all into everything that came her way – whether it was pursuing pop stardom and her acting career or embarking on whirlwind relationships with some of the world’s most eligible men.

    But in recent years Sarah left the bright lights of the London showbiz circuit behind, moving to Buckinghamshire for the quiet life in the countryside with her dogs.

  • GERI HORNER WRITES TRIBUTE TO SARAH

    Singer-songwriter Geri Horner has taken to Twitter to write her tribute for Sarah.

    She wrote: “Rest in peace, Sarah Harding. You’ll be remembered for the light and joy you brought to the world. X”

  • 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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