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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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  • At 10:19 PM, Anonymous verymary said…

    RIP, Dainton. What a sad, sad loss for Neil and Chris and all who loved The Bear. What a shock. :(

  • At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wbtop man genuine nice guy will be sadly missed ( a legend )

    from a family friend

  • At 4:47 AM, Blogger mobius said…

    That's sad. May he rest in peace.

  • At 2:13 PM, Anonymous nicky wheeler said…

    Denton will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him - and those who didn't !!!!!!!!!!

    What a great bloke and a terrible waste of life .

    RIP Dash - I'm gonna miss ya loads .

    Nicky xxxxxxx

    PS Sleep Tight

  • At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Also a big loss to Arsenal, well loved over there. Just read some of the comments below


  • At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Didnt really know "The Bear".....but he was an Arsenal fan and already i feel like I lost a brother....Peace man, you are in a better place!!

    From a member of the Arsenal Family in India.

  • At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I rarely listened to Pet Shop Boys and again hardly knew Dainton, but Rest in Peace Bro, a loss to the global Arsenal Family no doubt!!!

    "The Bear" will be missed, i am sure!

    From Pakistan!

  • At 9:01 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    Awful news for Dainton's family, Neil and Chris, and for Petheads everywhere. RIP, Dainton.

  • At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    RIP - Worked hard for his family - Nice family man and great friend of Neil And Chris

  • At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Like many others, I didn't know him personally but have heard the stories. Larger than life characters deserve larger than life memories. He will get more than that. I know some of his Arsenal bretheren very well and can take from that - he was a fun loving, loyal friend.

    He will be missed.

    RS in NYC

  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger Dino said…

    Hi big man hope your all right up there looking down on us. You will be sorely missed mate. Lots of memories in my head from the old days that go back to the 80s. Cant think of much else to say D but "i love you man " god bless.
    Dino eie

  • At 1:21 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Wow, I'm honored so many people have found this place to leave their condolences.

    Obviously, since I posted this -- and as a longtime PSB fan -- I'm crushed at the news.

  • At 6:55 PM, Anonymous simon b said…

    it was good to see about 2000 dressed in black as a sign of respect on sunday for the arsenal/sunderland game. we marched, we sang, we drank in honour of the bear...many told tales of crazy times. respect to "binsey" for the speach..
    we will never forget you mate, see you on the other side bro..

    "simon" and "the ross"

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  • At 4:30 PM, Blogger Debbie said…

    D, I want to thank you for all the great times you gave me in my life over the 17 years at all the PSB shows. You did so much for me and where so cool, I feel so said that you have passed, but I hope to see you soon.

    God Bless you, your family, and the boys.

    Debbie in Detroit (~,~)


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