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Full report on death of artist David Hockney's assistant.

This troubling story has been in the news here in the UK for some weeks, how the 23 year old assistant of painter David Hockney got involved in such a binge of drink and drugs with Hockney's ex partner, he drank some toilet cleaner and died in hospital. If that cleaner burned his stomach it must surely have been terribly painful, but it seems he was mostly out of it. There is no suggestion that Hockney himself was involved, the painter is now very deaf at 76 and was asleep in his own room according to reports. But it certainly tarnishes his reputation seeing what his assistants and entourage were up to. We liked Hockney a lot over the years and his various painting phases, including lately those landscapes in the North of England. But after this tragedy, he seems to have returned to California, so that could be the end of his late English period.


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