Bestival death of my 'angel' daughter Louella was a 'tragic accident,' says Holby City actor John Michie

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Holby City actor John Michie has said his daughter’s death at Bestival was not murder and that she died in a “tragic accident”.

The 60-year-old former Coronation Street star told how the family has “lost an angel”, and that he believes there was no foul play in the death of 25-year-old Louella Michie.

He told The Sun: “We’ve lost our angel. It’s not murder – they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident. 

“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 four-day music festival were alerted just before 1am on Monday to concerns for the welfare of Miss Michie, from London.

Tragedy: Louella Michie (Facebook)

Following a search, her body was discovered in a wooded area on the edge of the site in Lulworth, Dorset. 

 A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

In a statement, Michie’s agent 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.”

Former Coronation Street star John Michie, who currently stars in Holby City (PA)

Dorset Police said the 28-year-old had been arrested “to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances”.

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.”

In a statement, Bestival said: “Following the announcement, the team at Bestival are devastated to hear about this tragic news.

“We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman’s family and friends”.

The 25-year-old was found dead at Bestival in the early hours of Monday morning (Getty Images)

Michie, 66, played Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013, having 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.

He has two other children, Daisy and Sam.

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.

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.


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