Daisy Boyd dead: Sculptor dies at psychiatric hospital

28-year-old was the daughter of architect Tim Boyd and granddaughter of late River Café co-owner Rose Gray

Natasha Salmon
Sunday 08 October 2017 14:41
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Daisy Boyd and Dan Macmillan at their engagement party in October 2016
Daisy Boyd and Dan Macmillan at their engagement party in October 2016

A sculptor and daughter of a leading architect has died while staying at a psychiatric hospital.

Daisy Boyd, 28, was found dead at the Nightingale Hospital in London on Thursday.

Boyd had previously been engaged to publishing heir Dan Macmillan and was also the granddaughter of Rose Gray, the late co-owner of Michelin star restaurant the River Café.

The circumstances of her death are currently unconfirmed.

A family friend told the Daily Mail: “Daisy died on Thursday morning and all her family and friends are devastated by this tragic news.

“She was just 28 years old and we are all deeply pained that she has died so young. Daisy was a brilliantly vibrant and joyous person who lit up any room she entered.

“She had an infectious enthusiasm and has been cut off in the prime of her life.

"Enormously popular, curious, generous and with a diamond sparkle, she was greatly loved by her family and friends, and the gap she leaves is, at the moment, unfathomable.”

The friend said the family wished to grieve in peace.

Boyd was staying at the private Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone, which specialises in the treatment of eating disorders, addiction and other mental illnesses.

In a statement the hospital said: “Nightingale Hospital sends our deepest sympathies to the family, but we are not in a position to comment owing to the delicacy of the situation and out of respect to the family.”

The artist was previously engaged to Dan Macmillan, the 42-year-old great-grandson of Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and heir to a £300m publishing fortune.

The pair’s engagement reportedly ended in July this year after three years.

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