Girls Aloud star Cheryl paid tribute to Sarah Harding after she passed away at the age of 39.
Sarah’s death was announced in a message posted on her Instagram account by her mother Marie.
She wrote next to a black-and-white photo of Sarah: “It is with a deep pain in my heart that I share the news today that my beautiful daughter Sarah has unfortunately passed away.
“Many of you will know about Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so hard from her diagnosis to her last day. She got away peacefully this morning. I would like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. “
In a post on Instagram Cheryl wrote, “Even though we knew that day was coming, I somehow still can’t find the words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted girl is gone.
“As I try to navigate through these painfully weird and terribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief and finality I am experiencing, I would like to express my condolences to all of our GA fans.
“We have been like an extended family for as long as we know so many of you by name. I wanted to make sure you knew how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah in her most vulnerable times. She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you the most. I also realize that so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s death … I send you so much love, I love you Sarah … Farewell
“Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts”.
Kimberley Walsh paid tribute to Sarah today.
She wrote on Instagram: “Beautiful Sarah, it hurts so much. Waking up and knowing that you are really gone is too much to bear.
“Hearing their infectious giggles was one of my favorite things to do in the world.
“Your fire burned so brightly and you loved, lived and laughed so much.
“Send love and strength to all who mourn today. My heart is broken.”
Nadine Coyle was the first of the Girls Aloud stars to publish a tribute to Sarah after the tragic news on Sunday.
She commented on that Instagram Post announcing Sarah’s death: “I am absolutely devastated !! I can’t think of words to express how I feel about this girl and what she means to me !! I know so many of you will feel this way . Right now I’m sending you so much love !!!! ”
Nadine ended her message with a single red heart emoji.
Nicola Roberts also used social media to pay tribute to Sarah, who she said made Girls Aloud what they were.
“I am absolutely devastated and I cannot accept that this day has come,” she wrote.
“My heart aches and everything we’ve been through together has shot through my head all day. Especially in the last year since she was diagnosed, as tough as the year was, our new memories are strong in my heart.
“There are so many things to say and at first it felt personal to put them here and then I remembered that so many other people mourn them too. Part of me or us is no longer here and it is unthinkable and painful and absolutely cruel. She would have been happy to receive your messages today
“Electric girl, you made us. You gave it your all and still with a smile.
“A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew it must have been you,” said Nicola.
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