Coronation Street star says his daughter's death at UK festival was a 'tragic accident' as murder investigation gets underway
Former Coronation Street actor John Michie, has said his daughter's death at a popular UK festival was a "tragic accident".
The Holby City star said the death of his 25-year-old daughter, Louella Michie, was "not murder".
A murder investigation was launched after her body was discovered in the early hours of Monday morning at the music festival, Bestival, in Dorset.
A 28-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Speaking to the Sun, Mr Michie 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."
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."
Security at the music festival were alerted just before 1am on Monday when friends became concerned for the missing Miss Michie.
Her body was later found in a wooded area of the festival.
Ms Michie's Facebook profile says she is a former student of Tiffany Theatre College in Essex, a performing arts school.
She worked as a dancer, model and actor and lived for a time in Miami Beach, Florida although it is understood that she had been living in London prior to her death.
According to the Evening Standard, she was not believed to have suffered any obvious physical injuries.
Officers are currently trying to establish the cause of death.
Mr Michie is known for his roles as as DI Robbie Ross in Scottish detective 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. The couple had three children, Daisy (27), a stylist, Samuel (26), a music video director, and Louella.