CHERYL Tweedy has shared a heartbreaking tribute to Sarah Harding following her devastating death, saying "I love you, farewell".
The Girls Aloud star, 39, died yesterday following her shock death sentence after being diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in August 2020.
Heartbroken Cheryl said today: "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 realise 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 was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.
But in March this year she revealed the devastating news that the cancer had spread to her spine and she knew she was dying.
She had put off seeing a doctor because of the pandemic and wanted to urge others not to do the same so wrote a book, called Hear Me Out.
Cheryl and the other Girls Aloud bandmates have been left reeling by Sarah's untimely death.
Kimberly Walsh said earlier today: "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."
Nadine Coyle was the first of Girls Aloud stars to pay tribute yesterday, writing on Instagram: "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!!!
Her fellow band mate Nicola Roberts then shared a snap of her and Sarah together 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. Especially this last year since her diagnosis, as hard as the year has been, our new memories are strong in my heart."
She continued: "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."
Nicola even revealed an emotional "sign" Sarah sent her as she passed away.
She wrote: "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."
Sarah's mum told fans the tragic news yesterday that she had died two months before her 40th birthday.
Ever since her diagnosis, Sarah she has tirelessly worked as a cancer campaigner, hoping to spare others from the disease that claimed her life yesterday.
But the 39-year-old's mum insists she wouldn't want to be remembered for the cruel disease.
Marie wrote: "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."
Sarah said: “Writing about my cancer, I found myself thinking, ‘Do I want everyone to know this?
“I kept thinking that if there was a chance just one person who read my story decided to get checked and was treated in time, then it was worth it.
“As scary as it was to go public about my diagnosis, it was the right thing to do, and the amount of support I’ve received is incredible.
“I’ve been inundated with lovely messages from my fans. I’m grateful beyond words for that.”
In her final months, Sarah reconnected with her Girls Aloud bandmates.
She also wrote an autobiography, Heart Me Out to offer a raw and open look into her life, including her battle with breast cancer over the last year.
The book also includes uplifting stories of her life, with the star admitting that she was a mess after being diagnosed.
Revealing her tragic death yesterday, Sarah's mum said: “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. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year."
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