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.
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.
"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."
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."
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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