The 31-year-old woman who plummeted from Westminster Bridge during the terrorist attack in London last month has died.
Andreea Cristea, 31, who is yet to be formally identified, was taken off life support yesterday (April 6).
The Romanian national was sent plunging into the River Thames and was left fighting for her life after Khalid Masood ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster bridge before he stabbed and killed a police officer on March 22.
At the time, Andreea's was on a short break in London with her partner, Andrei Burnaz, who had planned to propose her later that day.
Andreea's family, along with Andrei, have released an emotional tribute to an “irreplaceable” daughter, sister, partner and friend.
They said: “After fighting for her life for over two weeks, out beloved and irreplaceable Andreea was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.
“She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.
“There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.”
A fundraising page was set up after Andreea was hospitalised to fly her family to the UK and to help pay for medical bills.
The victim's family have now said the £3,400 raised will be donated to charity and said Andreea "would not have it any other way”.
They added: “Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personally of each and every hospital involved – their kindness and empathy are beyond compare.
“We would not have been able to live through these trying and tragically hurtful weeks without the support of the Metropolitan Police, the UK Government and every department involved.
“Our hearts and love go out to our two Family Liaison Officers, Detective Sergeants Tony De-Wilde and Geraint Jones, who stood beside us every single step of the way. You were our lifeline and we will never be able to thank you enough."
Four other people were killed in the attack. Keith Palmer, an unarmed police officer, Aysha Frade, a mother of two, Kurt Cochran, an American tourist and Leslie Rhodes, a south London pensioner.
50 others were injured after the attack which brought terror to the heart of Westminster.
Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in a rented Hyundai 4X4 before stabbing PC Palmer to death as he fled on foot.
Masood was shot dead by police.
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