The singer Pete Doherty has been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs following the death of the heiress Robin Whitehead at a flat in east London, sources said today.
The 31-year-old Babyshambles frontman was one of four people questioned following the death of the 27-year-old film-maker.
The body of Whitehead, the granddaughter of the Ecologist magazine founder, Teddy Goldsmith, was discovered at a flat in Hackney on 24 January after paramedics answered a 999 call. She died from a suspected drug overdose.
Doherty was arrested in connection with the inquiry on Friday.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said: “A 31-year-old man was arrested on 19 March on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.
“He was bailed to return on a date in April pending further inquiries.”
Two other men, aged 41 and 28, were arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.
The 41-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, were questioned on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The woman is suspected of allowing her premises to be used for the supply of controlled drugs.
Doherty, a friend of Whitehead, said he was “shocked and saddened” by her death.
She had completed a documentary film, The Road To Albion, about his former band, the Libertines, and spent a lot of time with him.
Her mother, Dido Whitehead, is a cousin of Jemima Khan and Zac Goldsmith, and her father is the 1960s filmmaker Peter Whitehead.