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Tonsillitis kills sous chef working long hours at the Tate Modern

25 March 2010 by
Tonsillitis kills sous chef working long hours at the Tate Modern

A young sous chef at the Tate Modern has died after suffering from tonsillitis.

Nathan Laity, 23, of Penryn, Cornwall continued to work long hours at the restaurant even though he felt ill. He eventually died of the infection.

His family urged young people not to ignore their health after it emerged that Laity worked 14-hour days for 27 days straight, despite his illness.

He died in his sleep of blood poisoning from tonsillitis on Mothers' Day, his family claims.

His mother Tracey said: "But he was ambitious. Nathan loved his job. He just kept going, he was very talented. The head chef at the Tate said Nathan would have gone to the top."

A spokeswoman for the gallery said: "Tate was very saddened to hear of the tragic death of Nathan Laity. Nathan was a very valued member of Tate staff."

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By Neil Gerrard

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