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Sarah Harding: Girls Aloud star dies from breast cancer: What you need to know

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The pop singer and TV personality Sarah Harding, who had 21 UK Top 10 singles as a member of Girls Aloud, had died aged 39 from breast cancer.

The singer had announced she was diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer in August 2020, saying the disease had spread to other parts of her body.

Her death was announced on Sunday with a post shared on Harding's Instagram page by her mother Marie, who wrote that her daughter had died "peacefully" this morning.

In March 2021, she released her autobiography, Hear Me Out, explaining that she decided to go public about her illness to potentially help others who might be worried about seeing a doctor, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harding rose to fame with Girls Aloud on ITV's Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, alongside Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh. The band got to Christmas number one that year with their debut single, Sound of the Underground and went on to become one of the most successful pop groups in British music history.

In addition to her music success, she had a varied career in acting and television. In 2016, she made her stage debut in Ghost-The Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre in Southwest London and the following year went on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother-which she went on to win.

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