Girls Aloud's Cheryl and Kimberly post heartbreaking tributes to bandmate Sarah Harding after death

Girls Aloud singers Cheryl and Kimberly Walsh paid heartbreaking tributes to former bandmate Sarah Harding, who lost her battle with breast cancer aged 39.

Over the weekend, Sarah’s mother Marie broke the sad news on her daughter’s tragic death on her Instagram.

She wrote: “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.”

And former bandmate Cheryl shared a picture of Sarah on her Instagram and wrote some heartfelt words.

She said: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted girl has departed.

“As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans.

Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding

“We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name. I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.

“She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you most. I also realise so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I am sending you all so much love. I love you Sarah… farewell.

“Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts.”

Kimberley also wrote some kind words about Sarah.

She said: “Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear.

Girls Aloud have been leading the tributes to their beloved friend
Girls Aloud have been leading the tributes to their beloved friend

“Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world.

“Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard. Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today. My heart is broken.”

Sarah died shortly after revealing that the disease was terminal and telling fans that Christmas 2020 was likely to have been her last.

Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding

In March this year, Sarah revealed the devastating news that the cancer had spread to her spine and she knew she was dying.

Fellow bandmates of the star also paid poignant tributes to the member they performed alongside after winning Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 until they split for good in 2013.

Nadine Coyle took to Instagram to write: “I am absolutely devastated!! I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!!

“I know so many of you will be feeling this way.

“For now I’m sending so much love to you!!!!”

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Nicola Roberts used the social media platform to share her heartfelt message.

She penned a lengthy message in which she said “my heart is aching”.

She started her post: “I’m absolutely devastated and I can’t accept that this day has come.

“My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced round my mind.

“Especially this last year since her diagnosis, as hard as the year has been, our new memories are strong in my heart.”

She finished the post: “A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you.”

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