Kimberley Walsh can't bear Sarah Harding's lost battle to cancer: 'My heart is broken'

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Kimberley Walsh, 39, remembered Sarah, also 39, as someone who “loved, lived and laughed so hard”.

Sharing a gallery of photos of them together, she wrote on Instagram: “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. My heart is broken.”

Sarah revealed in August last year she had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, which had spread.

On Sunday, her mother Marie announced Sarah’s death on Instagram, saying her “beautiful” daughter was “a bright shining star”.

Sarah and Kimberley had found fame alongside Cheryl Tweedy, now known as just Cheryl, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts in Girls Aloud on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

Cheryl, 38, wrote on Instagram yesterday: “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 love you Sarah…farewell.”

Nicola, 35, also shared a series of photos of Girls Aloud’s early years.

She wrote: “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.

“A part of me or us isn’t here anymore and it’s unthinkable and painful and utterly cruel.”

Nicola described her bandmate as “Electric girl” and added: “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.”

Nadine, 36, posted a photo of a smiling Sarah and said she was “absolutely devastated” by her death.

She added: “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!!!”

Other tributes came from Geri Horner of the Spice Girls, TV host Davina McCall and Louis Walsh, who helped create Girls Aloud and described Sarah as “always fun and the life and soul of the party”.

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