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Former Coronation Street star John Michie's daughter died at Bestival as man arrested on suspicion of murder - PHOTOS

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The daughter of former Coronation Street and Taggart star John Michie was murdered at Bestival, police believe.
 
The body of Louella Michie was found at the Dorset music festival in the early hours of Monday morning, her 25th birthday.
 
A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
 
But Michie said his daughter's death had been a "tragic accident".
 
Speaking to The Sun he said: "We've lost our angel. It's not murder - they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident. This was not a murder.
 
"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."
 
Louella Michie, left, with her her father, John Michie, and sister Daisy
 
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."
 
Officers at the music event were alerted just before 1am on Monday over concern for the welfare of missing Miss Michie.
 
The body of the model, actor and dancer was later found in a wooded area of the festival site in Lulworth.
 
Dorset Police said they had arrested a man "to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances".
 
Louella Michie who died at Bestival
 
Mr Michie is famed for his roles as DI Robbie Ross in detective drama series Taggart and as Karl Munro in Coronation Street. He is currently starring as neurosurgeon Guy Self in both Casualty and Holby City.
 
The actor lives in north London with his wife Carol. The couple had three children, Daisy, 27,  a stylist, Samuel, 26, a music video director, and Louella.
 
In an interview published just this weekend, he spoke about how his children regularly returned home for Sunday lunch and said the family went on holiday together to the same campsite in Spain every year, renting a mobile home.
 
The actor posted a black and white photograph of his daughter sewing just days ago, captioned: "Sewing for Bestival".
 
Miss Michie’s parents reportedly raced to the Dorset site when they became aware of concerns for her safety.
 


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