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Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has died aged 39 after battling cancer

 Sarah Harding died at age 39

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has died aged 39 after battle with cancer
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Sarah Harding, a member of the British musical group Girls Aloud, died Sunday following a battle with breast cancer, according to her mother. She was 39 years old.

Last August, the singer revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other regions of her body. Her mother Marie said on Instagram on Sunday, "It's with profound sadness that I'm delivering the news that my lovely daughter Sarah has unfortunately gone away."

“Many of you will be aware of Sarah's struggle with cancer and how she battled valiantly from her diagnosis until her death. “She quietly slipped away this morning,” she wrote. She went on to say that Harding was a "bright brilliant light" who would have preferred to be remembered for that rather than her battle with illness.

Harding said earlier this year that she was warned by a doctor that she would most likely not be alive for Christmas next year. In her memoirs, published in March, she stated that she chose to publicize her condition in the hope that others who are concerned will seek medical attention and not wait until it is too late.

Harding rose to prominence as a competitor on the ITV talent program "Popstars: The Rivals" in 2002, paving the door for her to join Girls Aloud alongside Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Tweedy, and Nadine Coyle.

Before disbanding in 2013, the band had numerous successes, including "Sound of the Underground," "Love Machine," and "The Promise."

After Girls Aloud, Harding featured in a number of films and television series, as well as a stage rendition of the film "Ghost." In 2017, she won the reality show "Celebrity Big Brother."