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Actor John Michie's daughter dies at Bestival in 'tragic accident'

John Michie has dismissed reports that any foul play was involved in the death of his 25-year-old daughter Louella.

Former Coronation Street star John Michie has called his daughter Louella's death at Bestival a "tragic accident".

The 60-year-old actor, most famous for playing Karl Munro in the ITV soap and his current role as Guy Self in Holby City, told The Sun that despite reports that a 28-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder, he does not suspect any foul play involved in the 25-year-old's death.

"We've lost our angel. It's not murder - they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident," he told the newspaper. "She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy. The tributes to her have been incredible."

Police at the music festival in Lulworth, Dorset, were alerted at around 1am on Monday (11Sep17) to concerns about Louella's welfare and a search was then embarked upon. Her body was then discovered in a wooded area at the edge of the festival site.

"Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie's daughter Louella at Bestival," John's agent said in a statement on Monday. "John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time."

While it was initially reported that a man was arrested on suspicion of murder, officers later clarified that he had been taken in "to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances".

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

John, who also starred as Detective Inspector Robbie Ross in drama series Taggart between 1998 and 2010, is also father to children Daisy and Sam.

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