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David Hockney: Artist's Assistant Dead
A man has died in hospital after being taken there from the home of artist David Hockney in Bridlington, say Sky sources.
It is understood that the man was 23-year old Dominic Elliott, a close friend and studio assistant to Hockney.
He was taken to Scarborough General Hospital at 6am on Sunday.
Humberside Police said they were contacted by the hospital shortly after a man arrived in a serious condition.
"The 23-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at hospital and the police notified," a police spokesman said.
"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 which is hoped may provide further information."
Sky's North of England Correspondent Gerard Tubb said Mr Elliott was in Hockney's inner circle and helped the artist set up equipment.
In a statement, Bridlington Rugby Club said: "(The club) would like to send their condolences to the family of Dom Elliott.
"He played for the club at both second team and first team level. He will be sadly missed by all the players and club members."
David Hockney, 75, is one of the most famous British artists of his generation, and was celebrated at the Royal Academy of Arts last year with an exhibition of his large scale landscapes, called A Bigger Picture.
Born in Bradford, he is famous for artworks such as A Bigger Splash, a vivid depiction of a Los Angeles swimming pool, and the portrait Mr And Mrs Clark And Percy.
In recent years he has been exploring the possibilities of using an iPad for his artworks.
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