TRIBUTES have been paid to a “beautiful” 20-year-old from Wadebridge whose death is being treated as “unexplained” by police.
Tayla Woodard died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A budding young journalist, Tayla was in the final year of her multimedia journalism degree at Bournemouth University.
She was taken ill at an address in Worcester Park, South West London, and was rushed to hospital where she later died.
A 21-year-old man at the same address was also taken to hospital as a precautionary measure but is not in a serious condition.
Tayla, who had a passion for news and showbiz journalism, attended Wadebridge School before studying psychology, photography, English literature and language, and human biology at Truro College between 2009 and 2011.
Cheryl Mewton, director of studies at the college, said: “Tayla was an A-level student at Truro College who completed her studies in 2011 with exceptional results.
“She was a gifted and talented student, who was mature and motivated. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.”
Tayla began her degree at Bournemouth University in the autumn of 2011, and also worked at the Glasshouse restaurant in Wadebridge and at the university’s student union, The Old Fire Station.
Her shocked friends have paid tribute to her. Eliza Hogg, from Wadebridge, said Tayla was the “happiest, funniest and brightest best friend that anyone could ever hope for”.
“Tayla’s infectious character and laugh made her so popular among so many people,” she added.
“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.”
Another friend, Molly Tregidgo, also of Wadebridge, said Tayla 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.”
The Metropolitan Police are investigating her death, which is unexplained. A post-mortem examination took place yesterday, after the Cornish Guardian went to press.
No arrests have been made and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
Tayla leaves her parents, Julia and Russell, and younger siblings Jodie and Sam.