Emma Willis left heartbroken following Big Brother winner Sarah Hardings death

Big Brother presenter Emma Willis has shared her heartbreak following the news that singer Sarah Harding had tragically passed away on September 5, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Sarah, 39, had been battling cancer for over a year, revealing in August 2020 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer several months before going public.

As she shared her diagnosis, the late Girls Aloud singer explained that she received the news that her cancer had spread to her spine and lungs.

Now, presenter Emma Willis, who crowned Sarah the winner of Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 has taken to Instagram, sharing her devastation.

In view of her 1.8million followers, Emma, 45, shared a post to her Stories that she had initially shared in August 2017, moments after Sarah had been announced as the winner.

The picture showed Sarah and Emma posing hand in hand while raising one arm in the air as their infectious smiles took centre stage.

Captioning the post, the Birmingham-born model turned presenter shared a broken heart emoji.

Emma's original caption read: "There she is! Go on @sarahnicoleharding #CBBFinal."

Sarah entered the now derelict Elstree house alongside Made In Chelsea's Sam Thompson, former singer Amelia Lily and EastEnders legend, Shaun Williamson.

The songstress received a staggering 35.33% of the public vote, while Amelia Lily, who supported Sarah on the final Girls Aloud tour, lost out with 29.92% of the vote.

Sarah had previously spoken about how close cancer is to her heart, six years before her tragic death at a Pink Ribbon Charity Lunch.

She told the MailOnline: "Breast cancer is something that's quite close to my heart anyway because it runs in my family on my mum's side it has touched me.

"They say one in three are touched by cancer and one in eight its breast cancer, my mum and all her sisters have had to have lumps removed and things like that."

Sarah went on to tell the publication that she often worried about the disease, saying: "I think it's important that every woman has to check themselves regularly…

"Luckily for me so far, fingers crossed, I've been okay."

It was confirmed on Sunday that Sarah had "slipped away" peacefully at her Manchester home surrounded by her nearest and dearest.

Sharing the devastating news, Sarah's mum Marie Hardman 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."

Marie continued: "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."

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