Sarah Harding death latest: 'Much loved' Girls Aloud singer, 39, passes surrounded by family after breast cancer battle

GIRLS ALOUD star Sarah Harding has died aged 39 after battling breast cancer.

She was diagnosed with an advanced form of the diseas last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

Friends told The Sun Sarah, who would have turned 40 in November, had passed away at home this morning.

A friend said: “Sarah slipped away with her family around her.

“She was very much loved.”

Read our Sarah Harding blog below for the latest updates…

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    CANCER TRAGEDY

    She added: “The disease has worsened, as has my prognosis. This tumour is the thing that scares me more than anything because I think it will be the thing that affects me the most.

    “I don’t know what it’s going to do, but it’s there. There’s an option for radiotherapy on my skull but I don’t want to go through that and lose my hair at this stage, especially with no guarantees at the end of it.

    "It might seem vain thinking about my hair, but my thinking was that if there’s a chance I’ve only got six months, then I’ve got six months.

    “Losing my hair probably wasn’t going to change that, so if there’s another way to manage the disease or treat it, then let’s do that. I don’t want to feel like I have to spend whatever time I have left hiding away.”

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    SARAH HARDING WAS 'GRATEFUL TO WAKE EVERY DAY AND LIVE HER BEST LIFE'

    At the time she wrote: “I’m just grateful to wake up every day and live my best life, because now I know just how precious it is . . . nothing is certain any more.”

    Sarah had thought chemotherapy was working until the secondary tumour destroyed her hopes.

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    SARAH WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES OF BATTLING CANCER

    Sarah shared the news of her diagnosis with her social media followers and fans last August.

    From then on she kept them up to date with her progress and wrote about her experiences in Hear Me Out, which went on to be a bestseller.

    In the book, Sarah wrote about reuniting with her Girls Aloud bandmates Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle and said they had become close again.

    She also spoke candidly about her experience of living with cancer and told how she had almost died following a battle with sepsis while in hospital.

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    SARAH'S JOY AT TOPPING ITUNES CHART WITH HER FINAL EVER SONG

    She said at the time: “I can't believe you nutters got the song not only into the charts, but to NUMBER ONE!

    "I love you all so much, you are the best people in the world.

    “So, while I was searching through my laptop for old photos to include in the book I actually came across a song I'd recorded about ten years ago. I've always really loved it, and it made me feel a bit sad that no one ever got to hear it.”

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    SARAH HARDING 'SLIPPED AWAY WITH FAMILY AROUND HER'

    A friend said: “Sarah slipped away with her family around her.

    “She was very much loved.”

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    STATEMENT FROM SARAH HARDING'S MOTHER

    Her mum Marie today confirmed the heartbreaking news on Sarah's Instagram alongside a touching picture of the star.

    She wrote: "It's with deep heartbreak that today I'm sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.

    "Many of you will know of Sarah's battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.

    "She slipped away peacefully this morning. I'd 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 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.- Marie x".

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    SARAH HARDING DIES AGED 39

    SARAH Harding has died aged 39 following a battle with cancer.

    She was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

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    SARAH RELEASED HER LAST MUSIC IN MARCH

    In March Sarah released a previously unheard song, Wear It Like Crown, with all proceeds from the sales going toThe Christie NHS Foundation where she had received cancer treatment.

    The song went straight to No1 on iTunes, with Sarah calling her fans the “best in the world”.

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