Celebrities across the county have been paying tribute to Sarah Harding, who sadly lost her battle with cancer this morning (September 5).
Among the names expressing their sadness was Sarah’s mother, Marie.
She wrote on Instagram “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.
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.”
She added Sarah’s final wish was to be remembered not for her terrible disease but just as she was.
Tributes have been pouring in social media since the pop queen’s death was revealed.
ITV presenter Alex Beresford wrote on Twitter “Such sad news to hear the passing of Sarah Harding. Had the pleasure of meeting her a few times and sat down to interview her once. On all occasions she was so lovely. A tragic loss to breast cancer. RIP xxx”
Pop star twins Jedward said: “R.I.P. Pop Music Icon Sarah Harding! Strength and Love to her friends and family”.
Vicki Michelle MBE tweeted “So upset to hear about Beautiful Sarah Harding. Such a lovely talented lady. So enjoyed working with her. So young. My heart goes out to her family at this sad time R.I.P Sarah”
Harding’s ex boyfriend and TV star Callum Best put out a heartfelt message expressing his devastation alongside a picture of the couple.
He said “Jesus this one hits home, this is so sad, so young, so much life, so much talent.
“Sarah I’m so sorry you’re 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.
“Rest in peace gorgeous and sending so much love to your mom .”
Drag queen Cheryl Hole added “I’m truly at a loss for words. Sarah’s beautiful spirit will live on forever! Girls Aloud we’re fundamental in shaping the person I am today and Sarah really proved you can see the light and fun in life. Sending so much love & support to Sarah’s family”