David Hockney's assistant dies

Dominic Elliott, a studio assistant to David Hockney, is understood to have died in hospital after being taken from the painter's home in a serious condition. Police confirmed an investigation into the circumstances of a 23-year-old man's death.

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Police release statement about death

HUMBERSIDE Police were contacted by Scarborough General Hospital, shortly after 0600hrs yesterday morning (Sunday 17 March ), after a Bridlington man had been taken to the hospital by a friend in a serious condition.

The 23-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at hospital and the police notified.

The circumstances of the man's death are not clear and officers are currently undertaking enquiries to establish events leading to his death.

There were no signs of violence and a post mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow (Tuesday 19 March) which is hoped may provide further information.

– Humberside Police

Rugby club pays tribute to Hockney assistant

Tributes have been paid to David Hockney's assistant Dominic Elliott by members of the rugby club where he played, as a second row, in the seaside town of Bridlington following his reported death.

Dominic was a valued member of our club, a good player with great potential. With his size and ability he could easily have established himself as a first team regular. He was a popular lad and had so many friends at the club.

– Bridlington Rugby Club chairman Gordon Morric, speaking to the Bridlington Free Press

David Hockney's assistant understood to have died

Dominic Elliott assisted David Hockney with his 2012 RA show A Bigger Picture. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

The man who died after apparently being taken to hospital from the home of artist David Hockney is understood to be Dominic Elliott, one of the painter's studio assistants.

Mr Elliott, the subject of a Hockney painting in 2008, had sat for the 75-year-old artist on more than one occasion at his work space in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

The 23-year-old had been hired from the local area and had assisted the artist with equipment on his latest projects, including last year's headlining Royal Academy show.


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