Sarah Harding's Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh shares heartbreaking message to fans after star's death
SARAH Harding's Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh has shared a heartbreaking message to fans after her death at the age of 39.
The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.
On Sunday, her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram, saying her "beautiful" daughter was "a bright shining star".
Kimberley, who joined Harding, Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts in girl band Girls Aloud on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, posted a thank you to the group's fans last night.
She said: "Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all your kind messages and all your lovely tributes to Sarah. She would have loved them.
"To all our fans… you meant the world to Sarah and she never took a single one of you for granted."
The mum-of-three remembered bandmate Sarah as someone who "loved, lived and laughed so hard".
Sharing a gallery of photos, she wrote: "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 also shared a series of photos of them together during Girls Aloud's early years and 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 …"
She described Sarah 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 posted a photo on Instagram of Sarah smiling broadly and said she was "absolutely devastated" by the news.
And Cheryl spoke about her "waves of disbelief" adding: "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."
I don't know how many months I have left
In an extract from her memoir, titled Hear Me Out, which was published in the Times, she wrote: "In December my doctor told me that the upcoming Christmas would probably be my last.
"I don't want an exact prognosis. I don't know why anyone would want that.
"Comfort and being as pain-free as possible is what's important to me now."
Sarah said she was "trying to live and enjoy every second of my life, however long it might be".
"I am having a glass of wine or two during all this, because it helps me relax," she added.
"I'm sure some people might think that's not a great idea, but I want to try to enjoy myself.
"I'm at a stage now where I don't know how many months I have left.
"Who knows, maybe I'll surprise everyone, but that's how I'm looking at things."
Harding said that publicly revealing her diagnosis was "scary" but also "the right thing to do".
She said the support she received had been "incredible", adding: "I've been inundated with lovely messages from my fans. I'm grateful beyond words for that."
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