Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has died at the age of 39.
In a post on Instagram her mother Marie said: “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.
“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 she doesn’t want to be remembered for her struggle against this terrible disease – she was a shining star and I hope she can be remembered that way instead. – Marie x “.
Earlier this year, Sarah said that she was told by a doctor that she probably won’t be alive next Christmas.
The Girls Aloud star announced last August that she was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to other parts of her body.
In an excerpt from her memoir, titled Hear Me Out, published in The Times, Harding wrote: “In December my doctor told me that Christmas would probably be my last.
“I don’t want an exact forecast. I don’t know why anyone would want that.
“It’s important to me now to be comfortable and as pain-free as possible.”
Harding said she tries “to live and enjoy every second of my life, however long it is”.
“I’ll have a glass or two of wine while you do this because it helps me relax,” she added.
“I’m sure some people think this is not a good idea, but I want to try and enjoy myself.
“I’m at a stage now where I don’t know how many months I have left.
“Who knows, maybe I’ll surprise everyone, but that’s how I see things.”
Harding also announced that she had sepsis while being treated for cancer in the hospital.
She said she was put into an artificial coma and placed on a ventilator.
“Even when I turned off the ventilator, I couldn’t speak properly,” she said.
“All I could do was make noises that sounded like a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”
Harding said the public disclosure of her diagnosis was “scary” but also “the right thing”.
She said the support she received was “incredible,” adding, “I’ve been inundated with lovely messages from my fans. I am indescribably grateful for that. “
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