Artist David Hockney ‘devastated’ by assistant’s death

Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:27pm GMT

LONDON (Reuters) – Police are investigating the death of British artist David Hockney’s assistant who was rushed to hospital from his employer’s home early Monday and later died in hospital.

Humberside police said a 23-year-old man from Hockney’s hometown of Bridlington in northeast England died in Scarborough General Hospital after being taken there in serious condition at around 6 a.m. on Monday by a friend.

Hockney’s publicist, Erica Bolton, confirmed that the deceased was 23-year-old Dominic Elliott who had worked as an assistant in the artist’s studio in Bridlington and was painted by Hockney on occasion.

“He worked for him for over two years and was a hugely valued member of the

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