The music industry has been shocked at the death of Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding.
The singer of the iconic UK girl group died at the age of 39 after battling breast cancer.
Sarah's mum, Marie, confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement on her daughter's Instagram page, saying she was a 'bright shining 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."
But she also explained that Sarah had one final wish and it was about how she would be viewed.
"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 added.
It's a poignant message that anyone who has dealt with the loss of a loved one from a terrible disease will understand and relate to.
Harding became a household name after she was put into a newly formed group called Girls Aloud on ITV's talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.
She was put together with Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. They wowed the judges and quickly gained a following across the UK.
Hot off the back of the success of the Spice Girls, Harding and her bandmates were touted as the next big thing and they pumped out pop hits like 'Love Machine', 'Biology' and 'Sound of the Underground'.
She later moved into acting, featuring in the likes of St Trinian's, Bad Day and Coronation Street, also winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.
In August last year, Harding took to social media to say she had advanced stage breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.
She said she was undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and that she had not given up hope of a recovery.
Harding wrote said: "There's no easy way to say this and actually it doesn't even feel real writing this, but here goes.
"Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body."
She added that she was undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and was 'fighting as hard' as she could.
In March this year, she said she had been told by doctors that last Christmas may have been be her final festive season.
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