Louis Walsh has paid a heartfelt tribute to Girls Aloud star, Sarah Harding after her passing. The 39-year-old passed away over the weekend after battling breast cancer since her diagnosis just last year.
Louis managed the band for their first four years after appearing on talent show, Popstars in 2002.
Speaking with The Mirror today Louis shared an emotional tribute to the star; “Sarah was the life and soul of Girls Aloud. She was always fun and she was the fun in Girls Aloud. She loved life and music and it’s so sad. I was hoping she was getting better.”
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Chatting about the beginnings of the band he said; “In the early days of Girls Aloud, when they came to Dublin she loved the Pod and Lillies and we would be the last to leave.”
“She was a great girl. It’s just really unfair that she’s gone so young,” he added.
Sarah’s fellow bandmate and Derry native Nadine Coyle also shared a tribute to her today. Posting to Instagram Nadine said; “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!!!”
It was Sarah’s mother Marie who broke the news of her death to social media over the weekend. In a statement she 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.”
Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family and friends at this time.