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Why Sarah Harding's death has hit so hard as fans remember a star whose zest for life will shine on

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Sarah Harding died on Sunday at the age of just 39, with her death prompting an outpouring of sadness and fond memories

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While she herself revealed it was coming, Sarah Harding's death has hit many people hard as they struggle to come to terms with the passing of someone that, while not a friend or relative, had been a massive part of their life.

As a teenager rushing home from my Saturday job to watch the first episode in the autumn of 2002, I knew I'd be hooked on Popstars: The Rivals but I didn't know that it would lead to a committed relationship that has stood the test of time ever since.

Having lapped up every morsel of Popstars and Pop Idol, it was always highly likely that I'd become way too invested in Rivals as well and, right from the get-go, that was most definitely the case.

But I never expected a........

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