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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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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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