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Friday, October 05, 2007

Longtime Pet Shop Boys Assistant Dainton Connell Killed In Auto Accident

Sadly, the official Pet Shop Boys website posted news today that the Boys' personal assistant of two decades, Dainton Connell, was killed this morning in a car accident in Moscow. Longtime Petheads know what an integral part Dainton was to Neil and Chris's day-to-day operations over the years. He featured prominently in Chris Heath's two books on the duo, Literally and Pet Shop Boys Vs. America, as well as the 1997 DVD Somewhere.

Here's the official statement from the Pet Shop Boys:
Dainton Connell was killed in a car accident in Moscow in the early hours of this morning. He was in Moscow accompanying Chris Lowe who was planning to DJ at a friend's nightclub there tonight. The friend driving him lost control of the car. There was no one else in the car.

Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant are "devastated" by this tragic news. They had known Dainton for almost 20 years, during which time he had worked for Pet Shop Boys as security and later as personal assistant. He was also a close friend.

"Dainton was a warm, kind, loveable friend, a huge Arsenal fan and a larger-than-life character, famous in North London and beyond. We are devastated by his sudden and tragic death and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Mandy, and their family."

Dainton (also known as "The Bear") accompanied Pet Shop Boys on their tours from 1989 to 2000. He can be seen in the videos for Pet Shop Boys' singles, "Jealousy", "So Hard" and "Was It Worth It?" as well as in the Somewhere concert film. We know that he was a familiar and friendly face to many PSB fans who encountered him over the years and that they will share in our grief and sorrow. Those who met him will never forget him.

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