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Tuesday 19 April 2016, 11:16 AM

The parents of a woman who was found in a serious condition on the banks of the River Frome in Stroud on Friday evening have issued a statement.

Police and paramedics tried to save 20-year-old Lucy Murrell, from Rodborough, but she died in hospital later that night.

The circumstances of her death are not being treated as suspicious.

Alex and Monika Murrell said:"A young woman has died, following a long illness, in sudden and tragic circumstances on the riverbank alongside the Stroud bypass on Friday evening - 15th April.

"Lucy Katherina Murrell was a Gloucestershire girl who had suffered for 9 years from Anorexia Nervosa, one of the most difficult of childhood illnesses for doctors to treat. 

"Alongside many challenges to her health, Lucy was a devoted family member, friend and student. She gained first class A-levels at Stroud High School and a place at Medical College at the University of Keele.

"She was expecting to take up this place in September, and over this year she has been a volunteer with the Health Recovery Team in the Gloucester Homeless Shelter, alongside her part time work.

"Lucy’s family are deeply grieving and ask for their privacy to be respected in the media at this most difficult time."

Lucy's parents also asked for the following Shakespeare poem to be published.

Sonnet 65 by William Shakespeare - 

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power, 
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, 
Whose action is no stronger than a flower? 
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out 
Against the wreckful siege of battering days, 
When rocks impregnable are not so stout, 
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack, 
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back? 
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid? 
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright. 

Inspector Andy Poole said: "This was a truly tragic incident and my thoughts are with this young lady's family at this time.

"I want to thank the community, particularly the people on the scene at the time, who helped our officers find Lucy.

"We're just very sorry there wasn't a happier ending."

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