BBC Breakfast comes under fire after spelling Sarah Hardings name wrong in tribute: Do better

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BBC Breakfast came under fire on Monday after it spelt Sarah Harding's name wrong in a tribute following her tragic death on Sunday 5 September aged 39.

During the broadcast, guest Lizzie Cundy appeared via video to pay tribute to Sarah with viewers noticing that the late singer's name had been spelt as "Sarah Hardy" on the screen.

The banner read: "Lizzie Cundy, friend of Sarah Hardy."

Taking to Twitter, angry show watchers called out BBC Breakfast for the "disrespectful" mistake and encouraged them to "do better".

One person said: "BBC Breakfast interview regarding the death of Sarah Harding put up a caption saying Sarah Hardy. So important to get those details right, especially when dealing with grief. Do better @BBCBreakfast."

A different account put: "@BBCBreakfast The name under Lizzie's name says Sarah Hardy?!"

Another viewer commented: "@BBCBreakfast it’s Sarah Harding not Sarah Hardy !- attention to detail not good especially at this awfully sad time," followed by heartbroken emojis.

While a different person added: "@BBCBreakfast it’s Sarah Harding not Hardy."

OK! has contacted BBC for further comment.

Sarah's death was announced on her Instagram page by her mum Marie on Sunday 5 September.

Sharing a black-and-white photo of her daughter, she added the caption: "It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away," she wrote.

Marie continued: "Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.

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"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.

"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 x”.

Sarah soared to fame in 2002 in the band Girls Aloud and her bandmates — Nadine Coyle, Cheryl, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh — have all shared their devastation over the tragic news in emotional tributes.

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