TRIBUTES have been paid following the “devastating” death of an Aberystwyth student who had just been elected to the town council.

Emily Price, who was just 22 and had a “bright future ahead of her”, died late on Friday night after a short illness.

She had just completed her dissertation in mathematics and physics at Aberystwyth University and had won a seat on Aberystwyth Town Council on 4 May.

Emily, originally from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, was elected as a town councillor for the Central ward, representing the Liberal Democrats.

Cllr Charlie Kingsbury, Liberal Democrat group leader on the town council, said the news was “devastating”.

“Emily’s death has hit us hard. In passing away so young and with such a bright future ahead of her, the feeling of loss for us as a group, as a party, and as her friends is all the worse. She was someone with a heart of gold, and will be sorely missed. We were devastated when we found out.”

Emily leaves behind parents John and Natasha and sisters Katie and Hannah.

Emily’s mother said she thanked Aberystwyth “for welcoming Emily with open arms”.

“She found her place in the world and considered Aberystwyth to be her home,” she told the Cambrian News. “She was proud to have become a town councillor. She was bright, funny, immensely caring and it has been a huge comfort to know that she was so loved.”

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