A fifth victim of the Westminster terror attack has died: Romanian national Andreea Cristea passed away in hospital

 
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Flowers left in tribute to the victims of the attack (Source: Getty)

A fifth victim of the Westminster terror attack has died in hospital, the Metropolitan police confirmed today.

Detectives investigating the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday, 22 March, said a 31-year-old woman died on the afternoon of Thursday, 6 April.

The woman had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn yesterday.

Whilst formal identification awaits, the police said they believe the woman to be Andreea Cristea​, a Romanian national who had been visiting London. She fell in the Thames during the attack two weeks ago.

Cristea's death takes the total death toll from the attack to six. The other victims were PC Keith Palmer, Londoners Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes, and US tourist Kurt Cochran.

The attacker, Khalid Masood, also died during the attack.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "deeply saddened to hear of the death of Andreea Cristea".

Londoners hold her and her loved ones in our thoughts today.

Statement from the family

In a statement, the victim's family, and her partner Andrei Burnaz, said: "After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea - wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine - 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.

"Andreea is now unfortunately not able to have part of the money that was raised for her recovery, so we would like to donate it to charity. She would not have it any other way."

They added: "There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.

"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 personnel 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."

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