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Police investigate after assistant of gay artist David Hockney dies

Police investigate after assistant of gay artist David Hockney dies

Police are investigating after a 23-year-old man was taken ill at the home of British gay artist David Hockney yesterday (17 March).

Dominic Elliott, 23, an assistant at Hockney’s studio, was rushed to hospital in serious condition and was later pronounced dead at Scarborough General Hospital.

Police said it is unclear what caused Elliott to become ill so suddenly.

A Humberside 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.’

It is not known whether Hockney, 75, was at the house when the man was taken ill.

While it also unknown how close the two men were, Hockney did ‘paint’ Elliott using an iPhone app in 2008.

Hockney, one of Britain’s leading artists, is well known for coming out as gay at a time when homosexuality was largely taboo.