Boyfriend of Bestival death girl Louella Michie released as family say pair took drugs before she died

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The boyfriend of former Coronation Street star John Michie’s daughter has been released by police after he was arrested over her death at Bestival.

Louella Michie’s family said they believe the pair had taken drugs at the festival, after her father yesterday said her death was “not murder”.

Ceon Broughton, a musician who has worked alongside grime star Skepta, was initially arrested over her death but released while officers continue to investigate.

The 25-year-old’s body was found in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site at Lulworth Castle, Dorset, on Monday.

Couple: Louella Michie with boyfriend Ceon Broughton (Instagram/@jmichie)

In statement, her family said their “hearts are broken by the horrific tragedy” and Ms Michie “[appeared] to have taken an illegal substance”.

A Dorset Police spokesman said an initial post-mortem examination showed “no clear signs of an assault”.

But he added that further examinations will take place to establish if there are any substances in her system or “other suspicious circumstances”.

Family dinner: Louella Michie and boyfriend Ceon Broughton, bottom right, with her father John (far left), mother Carol, brother Sam, and her sister Daisy with boyfriend Jamie Jamieson (Instagram/@carolfletchermich)

Mr Broughton, 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder and supply of a controlled class A drug before being released.

Former Coronation Street and Holby City actor Mr Michie, 66, previously said the family had lost their “angel”, and described his daughter’s death as “a tragic mistake, a tragic accident”.

Louella Michie was found dead at a wooded area at the edge of the Bestival site in Lulworth, Dorset

“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,” he told The Sun.

Mr Broughton, believed to be from south London, has worked with grime artist Skepta, and once appeared in a video with the star. 

The 28-year-old, who goes by the stage name CEONRPG, has recently released a new song, named Duracell, which was produced by Skepta.

On Monday, the organisers of Bestival said they were “devastated” by the death of Miss Michie and that they were supporting police with the investigation.

The festival, organised by DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie, took place for the first time on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset this year. It was previously held on the Isle of Wight.

Acts including the XX, Dizzee Rascal, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Pet Shop Boys, Wiley and Laura Mvula performed at the four-day event.

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