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Friends pay tribute to Langley Park schoolgirl Arabella Campbell

PUBLISHED: 10:56 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:56 15 May 2013

Arabella, 16, had been studying for her GCSE exams when she died on Sunday.

Arabella, 16, had been studying for her GCSE exams when she died on Sunday.

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Friends have paid tribute to Langley Park schoolgirl Arabella Campbell, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday.

The 16-year-old had been studying for her GCSE exams at home, in Stanhope Grove, Beckenham, when she was discovered at around 10.30pm.

Her family released a statement yesterday describing her as a “much loved vivacious, kind and clever girl”, who enjoyed horse riding, tennis and spending time with her young cousins.

Friend Elizabeth Atkinson has described her friendship with Arabella, who she met as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

She said: “I went to Duke of Edinburgh with her as part of her group, there were seven of us and we called ourselves ‘The Seven Sisters’ - named after the chalk cliffs in East Sussex that we walked over during our practice hike.

“That is how we met, I remember I was really scared because I didn’t know anyone in a room of 40 people and Arrie saw me pretty much straight away. She was with her friends and called me over and made us go round in a circle and introduce ourselves, she was so welcoming, I’ve never met anyone as friendly and as lovely as she was.”

The pair last saw each other late last month when they were hiking in East Sussex, but Arabella left a lasting impression on Elizabeth.

She added: “I’m so lucky to have known such a sweet girl and I’m so glad I did, everyone who knew her was so lucky and she’ll be so missed.”

Arabella is said to have had the ability “to make anyone laugh”, according to friend Harry Tanfield - who remembers attending a gig with her.

He said: “She was such a lovely girl, full of life and humour, never failing to make anyone laugh.

“I especially remember a time in which we went to a Two Door Cinema Club gig in London, she was sat at the front with her friends and I was further back with mine and to find her she held up a picture of a cat on her iPhone making us all crack up.

“I wish I could have become closer friends with her, she will be truly missed.”

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