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Pete Doherty filmmaker Robin Whitehead found dead

Robin Whitehead
Ms Whitehead is the granddaughter of the late Teddy Goldsmith

A member of the Goldsmith dynasty, who was making a documentary about singer Pete Doherty, has been found dead.

The body of 27-year-old Robin Whitehead was found in a flat in Hackney, east London, at 2010 GMT on Sunday.

It is understood drugs paraphernalia was found at the flat, which was reported to have been rented by a friend of Doherty.

Ms Whitehead is the granddaughter of the late Teddy Goldsmith. A post-mortem examination is due to take place.

A spokeswoman for the singer said: "Peter Doherty was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Robin Whitehead."

Miss Whitehead recently completed the film The Road To Albion, a documentary about Doherty's former band The Libertines, and spent a lot of time with the singer.

Her website shows pictures of Doherty with his body encased in plaster, lying on a board in a crucifixion pose.

Teddy Goldsmith was an environmentalist and writer who founded The Ecologist magazine and brother of the late billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith.

Miss Whitehead's first name was Robin but she referred to herself as "Robyn".

Her mother, Dido Whitehead, is a cousin of Jemima Khan and Zac Goldsmith, and her father is 1960s filmmaker Peter Whitehead.

To lose her so young and so far before her life's work was done is heartbreaking
Robin Whitehead's family

Scotland Yard said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

"The woman was 27 and from the Northampton area. Next of kin have been informed," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

"We are awaiting formal identification. A post-mortem will be carried out in due course."

A statement from Peter and Dido Whitehead and their children 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."

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