A man has died at Scarborough Hospital after getting into “a serious condition” at the Bridlington home of world renowned artist David Hockney.
Dominic Elliott, who is believe to have worked as an assistant to the artist, was taken to Scarborough General Hospital from Hockney’s home in Kingston Road, Bridlington shortly after 6am yesterday morning.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said this morning that the 23-year-old had been “in a serious condition” when he was taken to hospital by a friend.
The spokeserson added: “The 23-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at hospital and the police notified.
“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.”
Official at Bridlington Rugby Club have paid tribute to Dominic, who was a popular character on and off the pitch at Dukes Park, playing as a regular in the second row for Bridlington Mariners, the club’s second string. He had also been called up to the first team squad occasionally.
Director of rugby Rich Girking told the Scarborough News’ sister title the Bridlington Free Press: “He was a cracking lad - an absolute bundle of fun and energy. He was constantly smiling and was a joy to be around.
“When he was out, he was the life and soul of the party, a fun-loving guy who was larger than life and everyone enjoyed his company.
“He only started playing rugby a couple of years ago but he learnt so quickly that he was called up to the first team squad. he was eager to learn and he was a great sportsman. It’s an absolute tragedy.”
Rugby club chairman Gordon Morrice said: “It’s a very, very sad loss and we send our condolences to has family.
“Dominic was a valued member of our club, a good player with great potential. With his size and ability he could easily have established himself as a first team regular.
“He was a popular lad and had so many friends at the club.”
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