Emotional tributes have been pouring in for Sarah Harding, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 39 on Sunday 5th September. The Girls Aloud singer revealed that she was battling the disease last summer, and the news of her passing was announced via an Instagram post written by Sarah’s mother, Marie.
“I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease,” Marie wrote, “she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead”.
“I am absolutely devastated!!,” Nadine wrote on Instagram. “I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!! I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now I’m sending so much love to you!!! ❤️❤️”
Nicola Roberts posted a series of old photos of her and Sarah, writing: “I’m absolutely devastated and I can’t accept that this day has come. My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced round my mind. Especially this last year since her diagnosis, as hard as the year has been, our new memories are strong in my heart. There are so many things to say and at first it felt to personal to put them here and then I remembered that there are so many other people grieving her too. A part of me or us isn’t here anymore and it’s unthinkable and painful and utterly cruel. She would have loved your messages today ♥️
Electric girl, you made us. You gave it everything and still with a smile.
A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you 🦋”.
Kimberley Walsh also took to Instagram to pay her tribute on Monday 6th September. “Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear. Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world. Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard. Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today. My heart is broken 💔”.
Other celebrities to pay tribute include Fearne Cotton, Davina McCall, Sarah’s ex-fiancé DJ Tom Crane, and Sarah’s ex Calum Best.
Our thoughts are with Sarah’s friends and family during this tragic time.