Cheryl pays tribute to Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding

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Cheryl has paid tribute to her Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding.

The singer tragically passed away on Sunday (September 5), aged 39 after being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

Sharing a black and white picture of Sarah on Instagram, Cheryl wrote a lengthy caption, which read: "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.

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

"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."

Cheryl added: "I also realize 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."

Fellow Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh also wrote her own tribute on Instagram, writing: "Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear. 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."

Nicola Roberts wrote on her Instagram: "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.

Photo credit: Dave Hogan/Girls Aloud/Getty Images
Photo credit: Dave Hogan/Girls Aloud/Getty Images

"There are so many things to say and at first it felt to personal to put them here and then I remembered that there are so many other people grieving her too.

"A part of me or us isn’t here anymore and it’s unthinkable and painful and utterly cruel. She would have loved your messages today. Electric girl, you made us. You gave it everything and still with a smile.

"A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you."

Their fellow Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle also took to Instagram. She shared a photo of Sarah laughing and wrote: "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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