A nun died after slipping on steps on her way in to a concert in Birmingham.
Sister Mary Brendan Lynch was going into the social club belonging to St Francis Church, Handsworth, when the accident happened at 8.30pm on Wednesday.
The nun, from the Sisters of Mercy Wolverhampton order, was on her way to the annual Irish Variety Concert when tragedy struck.
She was taken to City Hospital by ambulance but died as a result of her injuries.
Sister Mary, aged 74, was a keen football fan, a music enthusiast, and very proud of her Irish roots.
She had been a member of the community of the Sisters of Mercy, in Poplar Road, Pen-fields, Wolverhampton, for 13 years.
A spokeswoman for the order said her many friends were very shocked by her death.
"Of the 54 years of her religious life, many were lived in Dundee, Bodmin and London fulfilling her ministry of caring for the homeless, house-bound, prisoners and the disadvantaged in each area.
"Being honorary secretary to St Mary's football team in Wolverhampton, she wore their colours with great pride and supported them enthusiastically from the sidelines."
Sister Mary was also a keen member of Wolverhampton's Emerald Club.
"She was a unique person and very much loved by many people. I'm sure she will be sadly missed by many," the spokeswoman said.
The organisers of the concert, a festival of Irish music, singing and dancing, held a minute's silent prayer for Sister Mary following the accident.
Monsignor Thomas Fallon, of St Francis RC church, said the concert had gone ahead as planned, which was what Sister Mary would have wanted.
It is not known whether the icy conditions in the city contributed to her accident.