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Monday 22 December 2014

Pete Doherty ‘shocked’ after drug overdose kills pal

Musician Pete Doherty said he was “shocked and saddened” after learning of the death of a friend — from the wealthy Goldsmith dynasty — from a suspected overdose.

Robin Whitehead (27) granddaughter of the late Teddy Goldsmith, founder of The Ecologist magazine, was found dead in a flat in Hackney, east London, on Sunday night after paramedics answered a 999 call.

It is understood drug paraphernalia were found at the flat, which was reported to have been rented by one of Doherty's friends.

Filmmaker Miss Whitehead, who is also the great-niece of late billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith, had recently been part of Doherty's circle as she worked on a documentary on him.

Doherty, who fronts Babyshambles, passed on condolences to her family yesterday. A spokeswoman said: “Peter Doherty was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Robin Whitehead.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said a post-mortem examination will be carried out, but that her death is not being treated as suspicious.

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