Artist Daisy Boyd has been found dead at a £5,000 a week private hospital in London just months after splitting up with her £300 million publishing heir fiance.
The 28-year-old sculptor’s body was discovered at the Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone on Thursday morning.
Daisy reportedly took her own life, however the circumstances of her death remain unclear.
It’s believed her relationship with designer Dan Macmillan, the Viscount of Ovenden, ended in July. The pair were part of the elite London social scene.
A family friend told the Mail on Sunday:
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 and Dan, 42, were together for three years before Macmillan broke off the engagement in July. Macmillan is heir to a £300 million fortune after the publishing house was sold to a German firm in the 1990s.
Once dubbed ‘the Vulgar Viscount’, Macmillan is the great-grandson of former Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan.
The news of Daisy’s death comes a year after the couple threw a huge engagement party at the River Cafe in London. Daisy’s late grandmother was co-owner of the London hotspot.
The Nightingale Hospital, a private clinic, specialises in treatment of eating disorders, addiction and other psychiatric illness, and charges £5,000 a week.
A hospital spokesman 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 Care Quality Commission’s most recent review of the hospital judged it to ‘require improvement’ on patient safety, finding ‘staff did not always know the whereabouts of patients within the hospital, who could be at risk of harming themselves or others’.
News of Daisy’s death comes a year after the couple through a huge engagement party at the River Cafe, which attracted London’s elite social scene.
Daisy was a former pupil of the £36,000-a-year Woldingham school. Her father, Tim Boyd, an architect was part of the team behind the transformation of Battersea Power Station and her step-mother is author Sadie Jones.
The family friend said:
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.
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Tim Horner is a sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated with a BA Journalism from University College Falmouth before most his colleagues were born. A previous editor of adult mags, he now enjoys bringing the tone down in the viral news sector.