First pictures of figure skater, 23, who fell to her death from St Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery

A WOMAN who died after falling from the Whispering Gallery at St Paul's Cathedral has today been named as Lidia Dragescu.

Lidia , 23, died last Wednesday after plunging in front of visitors at the Central London landmark.

 Lidia Dragescu, 23, died after falling from a viewing gallery at St Paul's Cathedral last Wednesday

The Romanian national, from Romford, Essex, has been described as a talented figure skater and an "outstanding student".

She was studying Business at London Metropolitan University, according to City of London Police.

In a statement, her heartbroken family have said: "Our daughter and sister was the most beautiful person in the world.

"Her heart was pure and kind, a soul from another world.

 An ambulance outside St Paul's Cathedral last Wednesday morning after Lidia fell from the gallery
 Student Lidia, originally from Romania, was a talented figure skater and business student
 The view from the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral

"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 was described by her family as 'beaituful, intelligent and kind'
 Lidia was a talented figure skater originally from Romania
 Lidia, from Romford, Essex, died last Wednesday after falling from the Whispering Gallery
 A paramedic stands outside St Paul's Cathedral after Ms Dragescu was pronounced dead last week

Investigators said her death was not being treated as suspicious.

Paramedics arrived within in minutes of her fall just after 10:30am but were unable to save her.

A statement on the cathedral website described "the shock we feel as a close community, especially for those of us who witnessed and responded to this incident."

It added: "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."

 St Pauls Cathedral is an iconic London landmark that was built in the 17th Century
 The Whispering Gallery is about 100 feet up from the floor of St Paul's Cathedral
 St Paul's Cathedral in Central London welcomes millions of visitors a year

The Whispering Gallery sits in St Paul's dome – 100 feet from the cathedral floor – and attracts visitors from all over the world.

It was given its name because people can whisper against its walls and be heard on the opposite side.

The iconic cathedral was built in the 17th Century to designs made by Sir Christopher Wren.

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