THE showbiz world paid tribute today after Sarah Harding’s death aged 39 was announced by her devastated mum.
Names from the world of pop and entertainment have been left in shock by the news the former Girls Aloud star has died after battling breast cancer.
Sarah was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.
Nadine Coyle was the first of the remaining Girls Aloud bandmates to pay tribute, writing on Instagram: “I am absolutely devastated!! 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!!!
Fellow band mate Nicola Roberts then shared a snap of her and Sarah together and wrote: “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.”
She continued: “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.”
She concluded with a touching message to Sarah, writing: “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.”
Sarah’s ex, reality star Calum Best, 40, who she dated in 2005, wrote that he was “so blessed” to have known her.
Sharing a picture of them together he wrote: “Jesus this one hits home, this is so sad, so young, so much life, so much talent.
“Sarah I’m so sorry ur 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 ❤️❤️❤️.”
He concluded: “Rest in peace gorgeous and sending so much love to ur mom ❤️.”
Former Big Brother host Davina McCall, 53, added: “So so sad to hear about Sarah… a star from the get go , hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile… love to her family and friends.”
Piers Morgan said: “RIP Sarah Harding, 39. A fabulous pop star & delightful lady. Such incredibly sad news.”
Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton, 39, wrote: “I am so sorry for your loss, this is heartbreaking 💔 Thinking of you all x.”
Denise Van Outen, 47, shared a picture of them together, saying: “Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. 💔.”
Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps added: “Fly high beautiful Sarah xx I will miss you xx 💔.”
TV star Fearne Cotton wrote: “Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending your family so much love and strength.
“She was always kind and so much fun to be around. I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you 🙏🏼.”
Singer Martin Kemp tweeted: “Sarah Harding So sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans.. Rest in peace!”
She was always kind and so much fun to be around. I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you
Love Island’s Olivia Bowen added: “So devastating. Rest peacefully Sarah Harding, a star I grew up singing along to.”
Sarah’s mother Marie posted on Instagram today: “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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