TRIBUTES have been paid to a “beautiful and talented” student who has collapsed and died.
Tayla Woodard, who was 20, died in hospital on Sunday morning after suddenly falling to the floor in London the day before.
The third-year student was in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University.
As well as studying in the town, Tayla worked at the university’s student union, The Old Fire Station in Holdenhurst Road.
Childhood friends said the young woman, who was from Wadebridge in Cornwall, was a “beautiful soul”.
Eliza Hogg, who is from Tayla’s hometown, said: “Tayla’s infectious character and laugh made her so popular among so many people.
“Not a day will pass when I won’t think of Tayla and smile remembering all of the beautiful memories that I, and so many other people, were lucky enough to share with her.
“I feel so grateful to have spent the time with her that I did, and cannot find the words to do such a beautiful soul justice.”
Molly Tregidgo said the 20-year-old had been her best friend from the day they met, nearly 13 years ago.
“She had an infectious smile and the ability to make you laugh so hard you’d be clutching your stomach wishing you could stop, but never succeeding,” she said.
“She also was incredibly motivated and worked hard between her manic social schedule, which is why she was so popular and loved by all those who met her.
“I will always smile thinking about the crazy memories we had together.”
Tayla completed her A-Levels at Truro College in Truro before moving to Bournemouth to study multimedia journalism.
Cheryl Mewton, director of studies at Truro College, said Tayla was a gifted student.
“Tayla was an A-level student at Truro College who completed her studies in 2011 with exceptional results,” she said.
“She was a gifted and talented student, who was mature and motivated. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.”
Tayla leaves her parents, Julia and Russell, and younger siblings Jodie and Sam.
Jodie posted a photograph of the two siblings together on Facebook, and wrote: “Me and my beautiful big sister.
“You’ll never be forgotten and will always be in my heart.
Thank you for the wonderful memories you have left me with, they will never fail to make me smile. Sleep tight Tay, I love you so much. Now, forever and always.”
Others used social media to pay tributes to Tayla.
Bournemouth University journalism student Nick Reilly said: “Such a tragic loss.
“Shine on forever. BAMMJ graduates of 2014 will always remember you.”
Tom Franklin, who studies sport coaching, took to Twitter to write: “Sad, sad day. Hard to concentrate and not think about such amazing person. Rest in peace beautiful.”
Multimedia student Carrie Mok wrote: “Speechless and shocked. What a terrible loss.”