A mother-of-two who was on her way to meet her fiancé for lunch was killed by a church gargoyle in a horrific accident.

34 year-old Sarah Bean died almost instantly when a piece of metal came loose from the Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago and knocked a large piece of stone from the gargoyle statue on the masonry of the church.

Mother-of-two Sarah Bean was killed almost instantly when part of a stone gargoyle fell off the church

Mother-of-two Sarah Bean was killed almost instantly when part of a stone gargoyle fell off the church

The Second Presbyterian Church was built in 1874; it had reportedly failed a series of health and safety inspections in the years 2007 to 2011 and inspectors had detailed holes in the masonry and fractures in the stonework. However, the church had passed its most recent tests in the last two years.

Since the tragic accident, protective scaffolding has been erected and workers have been seen securing the structure.

The minister of the church, the Reverend David Neff said he was sending his “heartfelt sympathy and continual prayers” to Ms Bean’s family.

Ms Bean worked at a local children’s hospital and had been in a relationship with her fiancé, Lance Johnson, for several years; the couple had two children together.