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Post-mortem inconclusive in death of Hockney aide

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 8:27am  ET

FILE - This is a riday, May 25, 2007. file photo of British artist David Hockney as he poses as he unveils his painting 'Bigger Trees Near Water', the largest painting ever shown at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, London. 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, Sunday March 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

LONDON (AP) -- British police say a post-mortem examination has not provided "obvious natural causes" for the death of a 23-year-old assistant to artist David Hockney.

A police statement said Wednesday that more tests will be needed to establish the reason for the death of Dominic Elliott. Results will not be known for several weeks.

Elliott was taken from Hockney's house in northeastern England Sunday morning and was pronounced dead in hospital. Police have said there were no signs of violence.

The 75-year-old Hockney is one of Britain's most famous artists. He had painted Elliott several times.


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