Bernie Nolan's sister Coleen has spoken of her devastation following the singer's death on Thursday (04Jul13).

The Irish star lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 52, three years after she was first diagnosed with the disease.

Nolan died at her home in Surrey, England surrounded by family including her younger sister Coleen, the youngest member of their girl group The Nolans, who has now paid tribute to the late star.

She says, "I am utterly ­heartbroken. We feel like a light has gone out for ever."

Coleen also took to her page on Thursday to thank fans for their kind messages, writing, "Words fail me at this time, we are heartbroken, but each and every one of your kind comments about our beautiful sister bring great comfort... Thank you."