Aoife Beary: Survivor of 2015 Berkeley balcony collapse in California dies aged 27 | World news

One of the survivors of the collapse of the Berkeley balcony in 2015, Aoife Beary, has died at the age of 27.

Six Irish students were killed and several others were injured when one balcony on the fourth floor in Berkeley, California, collapsed causing those on it to fall about 40ft (12.2m) to the ground.

Most students were in the U.S. on J-1 summer visas, a regular trip for young Irish, and celebrated Mrs. Beary’s 21st birthday at the time of the June 16, 2015 incident.

Mrs Beary, from Blackrock in south Dublin, survived the tragedy but was left with life-threatening injuries.

Flowers are laid at a memorial near the scene of a balcony collapse of a 4th-story apartment building in Berkeley in 2015
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Flowers were laid at a memorial near the scene of the balcony collapse in 2015

They suffered a serious brain injury in the autumn, along with broken bones and organ injuries, and required open heart surgery as a result, according to the Irish Times.

It is understood she died Saturday at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin after suffering a stroke on Wednesday, the newspaper reported.

South Dublin GAA club Cuala pays tribute to the young woman, who presumably studied at Oxford Brookes University in England in recent years.

In a post on the team’s website, the club said: “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we have to tell you that Aoife Beary died peacefully at Beaumont Hospital yesterday.

“We are all devastated.

“We pass on the sympathy of the entire Cuala community to Mike, Angela, Tim, Anna and the entire Beary family.”

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