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Cheryl Cole in "disbelief" over Sarah Harding's death

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Cheryl Cole pays an emotional tribute to bandmate Sarah Harding following her tragic death over the weekend.

Cheryl Cole has released a heartfelt tribute following the death of her Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding on Sunday.

The singer passed away at the age of just 39 after battling breast cancer for a year, her mother Marie announced via social media.

Posting a black and white photo of Harding on Instagram, Cole wrote: "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 💖💞🙏🏼."

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