Assistant Mysteriously Dies at David Hockney's Home

Police say no signs of violence in 23-year-old's demise

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 18, 2013 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – A young assistant to David Hockney has died after being taken to a hospital from the artist's house. Dominic Elliott, 23, was taken to Scarborough General Hospital, near Hockney's home in northeastern England, yesterday morning. Humberside police said they could not confirm Elliott's name, but released a statement indicating that a 23-year-old man had died. The statement says there are no signs of violence and that a post-mortem examination will be conducted tomorrow.

The statement also said that the circumstances of the man's death are not clear and that officers are investigating. The 75-year-old Hockney is one of Britain's most famous artists. He had a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts last year that included many paintings of the Yorkshire countryside.

This is a  general view of  British artist David Hockney's house in Bridlington, northeastern  England, March 18, 2013.
This is a general view of British artist David Hockney's house in Bridlington, northeastern England, March 18, 2013.   (Amy Murphy)
British artist David Hockney poses as he unveils his painting 'Bigger Trees Near Water', the largest painting ever shown at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, London, May 25, 2007.
British artist David Hockney poses as he unveils his painting 'Bigger Trees Near Water', the largest painting ever shown at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, London, May 25, 2007.   (SANG TAN)
Visitors view the painting Winter Timber by British artist David Hockney in the exhibition David Hockney - A Bigger Picture at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, Oct. 25, 2012.
Visitors view the painting "Winter Timber" by British artist David Hockney in the exhibition "David Hockney - A Bigger Picture" at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, Oct. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/dapd, Tim Schulz)
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