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A university IT worker plunged to his death from the top of an eight-storey building on one of Islington’s busiest roads.

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David Power plummeted from one of the top floors of the London Metropolitan University’s Tower Building in Holloway Road, Holloway, last Thursday at about 11am.

He was found dead at the scene and police officers are investigating, but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

Friends and colleagues this week paid tribute to Mr Power, 48, who had worked at the university for more than 20 years.

Many spoke of their shock and sadness in messages posted on a memorial website set up by the trade union Unison.

Thomas Kampe, of London Met’s performing arts department, wrote: “This is deeply shocking. I am speechless. Dave was one of the uplifting and supportive colleagues at London Met. Dave was a model of a kind and aware person, always helpful, positive, radiating an embodied intelligence mixed with wit, and a great sense of humour, good taste in shirts and music. My thoughts go to his family, friends and close colleagues at the media centre.”

Dr Rosalind Hanmer said: “He will be sadly missed by all his colleagues and friends. Dave touched many people’s lives with his smile and laughter, so please remember not to judge Dave and let’s celebrate his wonderful creative achievement.”

Most described him as a gentle, kind and helpful man, with psychologist Dr Nigel Marlow saying: “I remember David as a ray of light, always positive and helpful and willing to go ‘the extra yard’ to solve problems. May he achieve a restful peace.”

Floral tributes are attached to a bike rack at the spot where he fell.

A spokesman for London Metropolitan University said: “Police are conducting investigations to determine the course of events. We have written to all staff to notify them and to offer them our support services. The University extends its deepest sympathies to the family.”

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