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California balcony collapse survivor Aoife Beary dies aged 27

Aoife Beary has died aged 27

ONE of the survivors of the 2015 Berkeley balcony collapse, has died aged 27.

Aoife Beary, from Blackrock in south Dublin, survived the 2015 tragedy in the US.

Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster, Eimear Walsh and Ashley Donohoe died when the balcony collapsed in the early hours of June 16 2015.

Ms Beary was among those seriously injured, which left her with life-changing injuries.

As a result she also required open heart surgery.

It is understood that she died in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on Saturday.

South Dublin GAA club Cuala paid tribute to Ms Beary.

In a post on the team's website, the club said: "It is with a heavy heart and great sadness we have to tell you that Aoife Beary passed away peacefully last night in Beaumont Hospital.

"We are all devastated.

"We pass on the condolences of the whole Cuala community to Mike, Angela, Tim, Anna and the whole Beary family."

Ms Beary's former school Loreto College Foxrock also paid tribute.

"It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of our much loved past pupil Aoife Beary. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the Beary family at this very difficult time,"it said.

The California tragedy occurred as the group of students were celebrating her 21st birthday at a party in the Library Gardens apartment block.

Her injuries also included a serious brain injury along with broken bones and organ lacerations.

She received treatment and rehabilitation at hospitals in both California and Dublin in the months after the accident.

In recent years Ms Beary had been studying at Oxford Brookes University in England.

She was later involved in a campaign to force building companies to release public safety records and report any work-related crimes or settlements to the California’s building regulator.

In 2016 she testified before the California state legislature in a hearing on legislation to force contractors to be more transparent about past legal claims against them.

In testimony to the California State Senate, Ms Beary said that she and her dead friends had grown up together and had travelled to various countries around the world.

“Now my birthday will always be their anniversary,” she said.

She told US politicians that some of her injuries "will be with me for the rest of my life" and that she had lost much of her independence after the accident.

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