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‘Beautiful, intelligent and kind’ Romford figure skater, 23, died after falling from St Paul’s Cathedral’s Whispering Gallery

PUBLISHED: 11:35 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:16 16 October 2017

Lidia Dragescu, 23, from Esther Avenue, Romford, died after falling from St Paul's Cathedral's Whispering Gallery on October 11. Photo: City of London Police

Lidia Dragescu, 23, from Esther Avenue, Romford, died after falling from St Paul's Cathedral's Whispering Gallery on October 11. Photo: City of London Police

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The family of a 23-year-old Romford figure skater who died after falling from St Paul’s Cathedral’s Whispering Gallery have paid tribute to her “pure and kind” soul.

Lidia Dragescu, of Esher Avenue, Romford, died after the incident, which took place at around 10.30am on October 11.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

In a statement, Lidia’s family said: “Our daughter and sister was the most beautiful person in the world. Her heart was pure and kind, a soul from another world.

“She was an outstanding student and a talented figure skater. Beautiful, intelligent and kind. She would always help me, not allowing me to do any difficult chores.

“Her love for us was beyond measure, she was selfless and kind. Everything that she had she shared with us, always putting us first. We love her and will always love her.

“For Lidia, the world has been a bad place to live in.”

Lidia, who also went by the name Lydia Black, had recently enrolled at the University of East London.

A University of East London spokesman said: “Everyone at the university is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Lidia, who had only recently begun her degree course in biomedical science.

“Our thoughts are with her loved ones and we have been in contact with her family to offer our support during this unimaginably painful time.”

The Romanian student had previously earned a degree in Business Studies from Ulster University.

She also helped operate a website – knowledgeisourduty.com – with her mother, dedicated to improving people’s general knowledge of things such as philosophy and classical music.

An official statement from the Cathedral was released on the day of the incident, assuring members of the public that proper procedures had been followed.

Staff who had been trained in first aid responded immediately and paramedics arrived at the world famous cathedral in minutes.

A spokesman said: “Although robust procedures for emergency situations are in place at St Paul’s and our response bore that out, it does not lessen the shock we feel as a close community, especially for those of us who witnessed and responded to this incident.

“We hold also in our thoughts those visitors within the Cathedral at the time.

“We think and pray especially at this time for the woman who died, and for all those who were close to her and who loved and cared for her.”

Officers from the City of London Police are currently compiling a report for the coroner.

If you would like to pay tribute to Lidia in the Recorder email Matthew.Clemenson@archant.co.uk.

The Samaritans charity is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Call 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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