BRADFORD'S Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh has remembered bandmate Sarah Harding as someone who “loved, lived and laughed so hard”, after her death at the age of 39.

Harding 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”.

Walsh, who joined Harding, Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts in girl band Girls Aloud on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, shared a gallery of photos of the pair together on her Instagram page.

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.”

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Harding’s mother announced her death on Sunday with a message which 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.

“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. – Marie x”

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