Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard pay tribute to ‘minx’ Sarah Harding

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Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard remembered Sarah Harding as a ‘minx’ following the singer’s death. 

The Girls Aloud star died on Sunday morning at the age of 39 just over a year after she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis. 

During Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, Susanna, Ben and Dr Hilary Jones shared fond memories of their encounters with Sarah. 

Ben said: ‘She was always just such a minx, she always had a little glint in her eye, she was quite wild when they first got together but such great company.’ 

Susanna chimed in: ‘She was a ray of sunshine, wasn’t she?’ 

Continuing his tribute, Ben added: ‘A lot of people have talked about that, the energy that poured out of her, every time you met them all. She was such a beautiful person and that’s how I remember her, that lovely smile. It’s just so tragic isn’t it.’ 

Dr Hilary recalled how he once interviewed Girls Aloud almost by accident when Richard Arnold was away, and described Sarah as ‘a wonderful, vivacious, happy, bubbly, cheeky girl and it’s just a tragedy at the age of 39’. 

Susanna noted: ‘It’s far too young. How unusual is it?’ 

Sharing his medical expertise, Dr Hilary explained: ‘It’s rare, we hear a lot about breast cancer in young women because it is so shocking when it happens but about 5% of breast cancer is seen in under 40s and very rare in the 20s. 

‘But 39 is still very young so the majority of women who die from breast cancer develop it in their 60s and 70s and beyond so this is an unusual case. 

‘When it is diagnosed in young women in the later stage, it tends to be more aggressive and therefore more likely to recur.’ 

Susanna added that ‘one of Sarah’s legacies’ is that women will be ‘more aware’ of the importance of regularly checking their bodies for changes.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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