Lady Gaga Shares Emotional Tribute Upon Passing of Friend Sonja Durham
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Lady Gaga Shares Emotional Tribute Upon Passing of Friend Sonja Durham

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Lady Gaga's dear friend Sonja Durham has lost her battle with cancer this week.

The singer's longtime friend was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, and her prognosis became terminal in recent months.

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In late March, Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, was by Sonja's side  for her wedding to longtime partner Andre Dubois.

She also dedicated the bonus track "Grigio Girls," on her album Joanna, to her friend, whom she's known since she was 23.

Still gotta make jokes when you're going on 7 days in the hospital!

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As she headlined Coachella, Lady Gaga performed an emotional acoustic tribute of "Edge of Glory" to her ailing bestie.

"I'm sorry you don't feel well," she said through tears. "We all wish you were here with us."

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Gaga's love for her friend is clear in her latest Instagram post, in which she extolled Sonja's "unfathomable courage, strength, and positivity" throughout her cancer battle.

"Thank you Sonja for inspiring me and all of us everyday with your joy. I love you so much it brings tears to my eyes just to think of all the years we've spent together backstage running the show, taking care of each other."

The photo shows Sonja with her husband, Andre, whose "unbreakable love is what life is all about," Stefani writes.

"Wanted to share this with the world and show them what true beauty looks like. ❤#grigiogirls #sonjadurham @sonjad7777 I love you girl. I love you so much," she concluded.

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Our thoughts are with Gaga along with all of Sonja's loved ones as they grapple with their loss.