English singer, model, and actress, Sarah Harding, has died at the age of 39 after suffering from cancer.
The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.
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 read, “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”
The Girls Aloud star was born on the 17th of November, 1981 in Berkshire, England.
Her professional career began in 2002 when she successfully auditioned for the ITV reality series Popstars: The Rivals during which she won a place in the girl group Girls Aloud.