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David Hockney's Assistant Dominic Elliot Dead: 'No Obvious Natural Causes' Post-Mortem Says

20/03/2013 10:08 GMT

A post-mortem examination has shown "no obvious natural causes" for the death of David Hockney's personal assistant, Dominic Elliott.

The 23-year-old died in hospital on Sunday morning after being taken ill at the world-famous artist's house in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, on Saturday.

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A portrait of Dominic Elliot, as painted by David Hockney in 2008

A Humberside Police spokesman said: "A post-mortem examination was carried out on the body of 23-year-old Dominic Elliott yesterday at Hull Royal Infirmary mortuary and it showed no obvious natural causes for his death.

"Further tests will now be carried out, the results of which will not be known for some weeks.

"Mr Elliott's family has been fully updated by Humberside Police."

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David Hockney is one of Britain's best-known artists

Officers are continuing to investigate how Mr Elliott became ill before he was taken to Scarborough Hospital by a friend.

Keen sportsman Mr Elliott worked as a personal assistant to the 75-year-old artist, setting up equipment and helping in his studio.

He was the subject of more than one Hockney portrait.

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Dominic was a valued and popular member of the Bridlington Rugby Club

Humberside Police said earlier this week the circumstances of his death were "not clear" but there was no sign of violence.

Hockney, who is not thought to be the friend who drove Mr Elliott to hospital, is said to be extremely upset by the death.

The Bradford-born painter is sometimes referred to as Britain's greatest living artist and is one of the most influential cultural figures of the last 50 years.

His famous works include A Bigger Splash and the portrait Mr And Mrs Clark And Percy.

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Hockney's house

As well as his detached house near the seafront in Bridlington, Hockney has homes in London and Los Angeles.

Mr Elliott was a well-known local sportsman and tributes have been paid to him by team-mates at Bridlington Rugby Club and Driffield Hockey Club.