'Big beautiful personality' – Celebrity tributes as former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding dies

Celebrities have been recognized for a former pop star who died aged only 39 after losing her valiant battle with breast cancer.

Former Girls Aloud singer and actress Sarah Harding “got away peacefully” this morning, Sunday (September 5th), confirmed her mother Marie.

Sarah announced last year that she had breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy thinking she had the all-clear, but a secondary tumor returned.

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After the tragic news of her death this afternoon, social media was flooded with tributes to her mother, celebrity friends and fans.

JLS star Oritse Williams said, “It’s heartbreaking to hear. The times we met were always so exuberant, such a big, beautiful personality. My sincere condolences and my heart goes out to Sarah’s friends, family and band members.”

Saturday singer Molly King paid tribute to “she put so much on stage … she is so much missed” on Radio 1 before playing the Girls Aloud song Love Machine in her memory.

Spandau Ballet Star Martin Kemp said: “Sarah Harding So sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans. Rest in peace!”

Olivia Bowen wrote, “So devastating. Rest peacefully Sarah Harding, a star I grew up to and sang along to.”

Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter: “How incredibly sad. RIP.”

Sarah’s beloved mother Marie announced the news on Instagram and wrote: “It is with a deep heartbreak that I am sharing the news today that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.

“Many of you will know about Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so hard from her diagnosis to her last day.

“She got away peacefully this morning.

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“I would 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 that she was loved.

“I know that she doesn’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that she can be remembered that way instead. – Marie x”.

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