Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding has died, The Guardian and BBC News report. The singer announced in August 2020 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that the disease had progressed to other parts of her body. This morning (September 5), Harding’s mother Marie announced the news of Sarah’s death in a post on the singer’s official Instagram account, which you can read in full below. “It is with deep heartbreak that I announce today that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away,” she wrote. “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. ”Harding was 39 years old.

Harding first became known after auditioning for Popstars: The Rivals, the British reality television series that led to the creation of Girls Aloud. The first single from the girl group “Sound of the Underground” debuted at number 1. 1 on the British singles chart in 2002. It was the title track of their first album, which went platinum in the same year. Girls Aloud were together for a total of six years and released five studio albums. Her last LP Out of Control was released in 2008.

After Girls Aloud came to an end, Harding focused on her acting and solo music careers. The band would reunite in 2012 for a greatest hits compilation and one final tour before breaking up the following year. She released her debut solo EP Threads in 2015 and became a Celebrity Big Brother winner in 2017. Earlier this year she released the solo single “Wear It Like a Crown”.

In the last few lines of her Instagram post, Harding’s mother thanked everyone who offered support during her daughter’s illness. “It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know that she was loved,” she wrote. “I know that she doesn’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a shining star and I hope she can be remembered that way instead.”