Ruth Ling, the Labour councillor for Tulse Hill, has died of a reported heart attack.
Her death was first announced on Twitter by the former council leader, and current Croydon North MP Steve Reed.
Reed wrote this morning: “Devastated to hear of the sudden death of my friend of 20 years Cllr Ruth Ling. Rest in peace dear Ruth.”
Ruth Ling was councillor for Tulse Hill ward.
Labour MP for Streatham Hill, Chuka Umunna said: “Deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news of the death of my good friend Cllr Ruth Ling.”
Other colleagues and friends have taken to Twitter this morning to pay tribute to a “great fighter”. Steve Reed said he will take part in the London to Brighton bike ride tomorrow to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in her memory.
Brixton Hill councillor Martin Tiedemann said: “Can’t explain how sad I am about Ruth Ling. Will miss our plans for concerts at the RFH & the next meeting of the Anglo-Burmese Society.”
While Cllr Alex Bigham said he was “shocked” to hear that cllr Ling was dead, adding: “A real fighter. RIP Ruth.”
Cabinet member Cllr Paul McGlone wrote: “It is with great sadness that we learn this morning of the death of our friend and fellow councillor Ruth Ling.”
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