Hockney assistant inquest

The inquest is taking place into the death of Yorkshire artist David Hockney's assistant at his home in Bridlington earlier this year.

No third-party involvement in assistant's death

At the inquest into the assistant to artist David Hockney the police revealed they ruled out any third-party involvement in his death.

Det Sgt Napier said there had been no criminal prosecutions following the incident.

Hockney's chief assistant, Jean Pierre Goncalves De Lima, told the inquest he received a phone call from Hockney's ex -partner Mr Fitzherbert after Mr Elliott's death, asking him to clear his room of "any evidence of drug use".

Mr Goncalves De Lima said he did clear Mr Fitzherbert's room but later told police what he had done.

Asked why, he said Hockney had suffered a mini-stroke last year and he was worried about the effect of this kind of "exposure" on his boss and his health.

Mr Goncalves De Lima said he was aware of some drug use in the house but added that Hockney was not aware of this.

The coroner, Professor Paul Marks, heard that Mr Fitzherbert went missing two days after Mr Elliott's death on March 17.

The hearing was told his solicitor turned up at a police station to report his concerns.

Mr Fitzherbert was found at a Bridlington beauty spot and taken to hospital.

He later booked himself into the Priory Hospital in London, the inquest heard.

Hockney assistant death "remains a mystery"

An inquest heard today that it remains a 'mystery' why an assistant of the artist David Hockney drank acid before he died. Dominic Elliott, who was 23, had taken cocaine, ecstacy and temezapen, and had also drunk toilet cleaner.

He was in the Bradford-born artist's home in Bridlington. He was asleep at the time but Mr Elliott had spent the day before partying with Mr Hockney's former partner John Fitzherbert.The inquest continues.

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Final day of Hockney assistant inquest

It's the second and final day of the inquest into the death of the artist David Hockney's assistant.

Yesterday the inquest, in Hull, heard Dominic Elliott, 23, was high on ecstasy and cocaine when he walked into a bathroom at the artist's house in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

He apparently began drinking from a bottle of bleach filled with a 95% concentration of sulphuric acid.

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Hockney assistant inquest: 'No idea why he drank bleach'

David Hockney did not attend the inquest Credit: PA

Dominic Elliott, 23, was high on ecstasy and cocaine when he walked into a bathroom at the house in Bridlington, east Yorkshire, and apparently began drinking from a bottle of bleach filled with a 95% concentration of sulphuric acid.

Hockney's former long-term partner, John Fitzherbert, drove Elliot to hospital in Scarborough, but he is thought to have died during the 45-minute journey.

Fitzherbert, in his 60s, told the hearing in Hull how Elliott spent the day before his death watching films, taking drugs and drinking alcohol.

At one point the young man got out of bed, laughed hysterically and threw himself 10ft off a first-floor balcony.

"I've no idea why he did it," said Fitzherbert, who said he was in a nine-month relationship with Elliott before the latter joined Hockney's inner circle at his home-cum-studio.

"He'd been snorting cocaine and he seemed agitated. I just saw his feet go over. He went head-first. Afterwards he got up. He seemed OK.

"I calmed him down and he came back to bed and smoked more cannabis. I asked him what it was all about, but I never got to the bottom of why he'd done it.

"I fell asleep in his arms. He seemed calm and relaxed".

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David Hockney's assistant died 'after drinking acid'

David Hockney was asleep at the time of his assistant's death Credit: Reuters

An assistant to artist David Hockney died after drinking acid at the painter's home.

Dominic Elliott, 23, had taken cocaine, ecstasy and temazepam before he drank the liquid and was rushed to hospital, where he died, an inquest has heard.

Mr Elliott was taken ill at Hockney's home in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, in March.

The artist was asleep at home at the time.

Hockney's former long-term partner, John Fitzherbert, told the hearing he drove Mr Elliott to Scarborough Hospital in the early hours of the morning.

He said that, during the day leading up to the incident, he and Mr Elliott smoked cannabis and drunk alcohol and Mr Elliott had also snorted cocaine.

The inquest continues tomorrow.

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