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Doherty voted leading 'anti-icon'
Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty used to be in The Libertines
Rock star Pete Doherty has been voted the most "undeserving icon" of the year in a men's magazine survey.

Some 1,000 readers of Arena voted the Babyshambles singer, 27, as the personality least worthy of their celebrity status in an online poll.

Doherty is rarely out of the headlines thanks to his high-profile relationship with model Kate Moss and his battle against drug addiction.

Comedian and radio presenter Russell Brand came second in the list.

'Mediocre music'

Readers said Brand's status was over-hyped.

Syed Ahmed, contestant on BBC Two series The Apprentice, came third.

Tom Cruise
Cruise recently married for the third time

The other celebrites listed in the top ten included film star Tom Cruise, chef Gordon Ramsey, Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, comedian Jimmy Carr and Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches.

"We asked our readers to pick those people who have consumed the headlines and defined the last year for all the wrong reasons," said Arena editor William Drew.

"Pete Doherty was voted the anti-icon of the year with 38% of the vote thanks to his drug habit which has popularised junkie chic and earned him an almost cult following.

"This comes despite overwhelmingly mediocre music and less than inspiring live performances," he added.

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