Pete shocked and saddened by death
Published 28/01/2010 | 14:39
Pete Doherty has said he is "shocked and saddened" after learning of the death of a friend - from the wealthy Goldsmith dynasty - from a suspected drug 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.
It is understood drug paraphernalia were found at the flat, which was reported to have been rented by one of the singer's friends.
Filmmaker Miss Whitehead, who is also the great-niece of late billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith, had recently been part of the Babyshambles' star's circle as she worked on a documentary about the musician.
A spokeswoman said: "Peter Doherty was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Robin Whitehead. Peter wishes to convey his condolences to Robin's family and her close friends at this very difficult time."
Miss Whitehead's mother, Dido Whitehead, is a cousin of Jemima Khan and Zac Goldsmith, and her father is 1960s filmmaker Peter Whitehead. She styled herself "Robyn".
Her parents said: "Robin had an exceptional capacity for compassion and for love, both to her family and close friends and to all those whom she touched.
"This was reflected in the depths and passion of her art.
"To lose her so young and so far before her life's work was done is heartbreaking."
The death came as troubled chart star Pete escaped with a £750 fine when he was back in court on drug charges.