KATIE Price and Piers Morgan have led tributes to “shining star” Sarah Harding following her death at the age of 39.

Famous names from the worlds of music and television shared their condolences and memories of working with the Girls Aloud star, after her death was announced on Sunday.

Former glamour model and reality star Katie Price shared a photo of them appearing together on a panel show and wrote: “I’m devastated to hear my friend, @sarahnicoleharding has passed.


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“You were always such a genuine and honest person, I will remember all the laughs we used to have back in the day…I always valued Sarah’s friendship and my thoughts go out to her family and friends.”

Piers Morgan, who was born in Newick, paid tribute on Instagram, writing: “RIP Sarah Harding, 39. A fabulous pop star and delightful lady.

“Such incredibly sad news.”


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Brighton-born Holly Willoughby shared a photo of Sarah on her Instagram story alongside a tribute.

She wrote: “Feeling incredibly sad about the news of Sarah Harding. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Sarah a fair few times over the years and she way always pure sunshine.

“Love to her family. She will be sadly missed.”

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Others paying tribute included former Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp and singer and talent show judge Alesha Dixon.

Former Big Brother host McCall described Harding as a “star from the get go” and “hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile”.

Spice Girls star Horner paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “Rest in peace, Sarah Harding. You’ll be remembered for the light and joy you brought to the world.”

JLS star Oritse Williams, whose band emerged four years after Girls Aloud, shared a lengthy tribute online.

He tweeted: “Heartbreaking to hear that Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud has just passed away after a long battle with cancer.

“The times we met she was always so bubbly, such a big beautiful personality. My sincerest sympathies and heart goes out to Sarah’s friends, family & band members.”

Presenter 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.”

Reality TV star Calum Best, who was in a relationship with Harding between 2005 and 2006, spoke of the “crazy fun times and adventures” he had with her.

He said on Twitter: “Jesus this one hits home, so damn sad, so young.

“I hope u rest In peace Sarah we had some crazy fun times and adventures.

“U will be so very missed. Sending so much love to ur mom.”

His post was accompanied by three pictures of him with Harding.

TV star Denise Van Outen commented on the Instagram post from Harding’s mother, Marie, announcing her death.

Van Outen wrote: “This is so heartbreaking. Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. Thinking of you all. Family and friends.”

Harding disclosed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.

Her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram on Sunday and described her “beautiful” daughter as “a bright shining star”.

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