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Cheryl has paid tribute to her bandmate Sarah Harding after the news of her tragic death this weekend.
Posting on Instagram, Cheryl 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.
"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 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 💖💞🙏🏼."
Sarah's death was announced on Sunday by her mum Marie, who wrote on Instagram: “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.
"Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning."
Marie went on: "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."
Since the sad news was announced, tributes have been flooding in for Sarah.
Bandmate Nicola Roberts shared an emotional tribute, writing: "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 added.
"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".
Fellow bandmate, Nadine Coyle has also paid tribute, writing: "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!"
Our thoughts are with Sarah's family and friends at this very sad time.
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Featured Image Credit: Sarah Harding/Instagram
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