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Ex-Corrie star John Michie says daughter's Bestival death was 'tragic accident' as he rubbishes murder claims

Mirror logo Mirror 12/09/2017 Patrick Lion

Louella Michie was found dead at Bestival. © Facebook Louella Michie was found dead at Bestival. Holby City star John Michie has paid tribute to his "angel" daughter after she was found dead at Bestival.

Police have confirmed a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after Louella Michie, 25, died at the Dorset music festival.

But ex-Coronation Street star John, 60, dismissed murder claims, insisting his daughter's death was a "tragic accident".

He told The Sun: "We've lost our angel. It's not murder. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident.

"This was not a murder."

It has been reported that Louella's death may have been linked to an unknown substance she had taken which was "too powerful", the newspaper reported.

Tributes have flooded social media after news of the young woman's death broke.

John's Holby City co-star Chizzy Akudolu took to Twitter on Monday night, writing: "A good mate just lost his daughter.

"I can't imagine what he and his family are going through.

"Life man. Tell someone you (love) them. Do it now."

John Michie. © PA John Michie. Actress and reality TV star Stephanie Davis also sent wishes with fans for the grieving actor.

"Words cannot describe the pain your family must be in," she wrote.

"@theJohnMichie saying a prayer. No words.

"This should never have happened. Devastating."

Bethany, a student nurse from Guildford, Surrey, tweeted: "Such horrendous news for John Michie and his family :("

Louise Coupland, from Shrewsbery, wrote: "So sorry for your loss.

"Thoughts and Prayers are with you all x."

Angela Bland wrote: "My heart goes out John Michie & his family at this terrible time.

"Just heartbreaking!!!"

Brad wrote: "Thought are with @theJohnMichie and his family at such an awful time."

Donna tweeted: "So sorry for your loss the pain must be heartbreaking love to you and your family at this horrendous time xx"

A 28-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Louella, 25, at the Dorset music festival in the early hours of Monday.

In a statement, Michie's agent earlier said: "Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie's daughter, Louella, at Bestival.

"John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time."

Five days ago, the actor posted a photo on Instagram of Louella Michie, 25, making her final preparations for the Dorset music festival.

She is seen sewing an outfit in the black and white image.

Louella Michie, 25, sewing her outfit for the Dorset music festival in an Instagram post by her dad John © jmichie/Instagram Louella Michie, 25, sewing her outfit for the Dorset music festival in an Instagram post by her dad John "Sewing for Bestival," John wrote in the post.

Officers at the music event were alerted just before 1am on Monday to concern for the welfare of the woman.

The body was found in a wooded area of the festival site in Lulworth, Dorset.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire said: "Following the discovery of the woman's body we have now launched an investigation into her death.

"We have specially trained officers supporting her family at this very difficult time.Inquiries are now under way to establish how she died."

"A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course and this should give us more of an indication as to the cause of her death.

"We are working closely with the festival organisers and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the incident to contact Dorset Police."

Michie played Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013, having previously starred as Detective Inspector Robbie Ross in drama series Taggart from 1998 to 2010.

He currently plays neurosurgeon Guy Self in BBC medical drama Holby City.

Last year, organisers announced Bestival would be moved from the Isle of Wight, where it was previously held, to the Dorset site.

Camp Bestival, which is aimed at families with children and takes place in July, is also held at the wooded country estate.

The line-up for Bestival this year included The XX, Dizzee Rascal, Rag'n'Bone Man, Pet Shop Boys, Wiley and Laura Mvula.On Sunday, festival organisers were forced to close the main arena, the Castle Stage and Ambient Forest due to high winds.

Bestival was first held in 2004 with acts including Basement Jaxx and Fatboy Slim.

The 2017 event, which featured a giant Kanye West head and a bouncy castle large enough for 100 people, was expected to attract around 30,000 festival-goers.

Organisers are due to hold the first Bestival Bali in Indonesia at the end of September.

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