Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doherty's Pal in Fatal Party Fall; 'Distraught' Star Had Tried to Calm Actor before Plunge

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doherty's Pal in Fatal Party Fall; 'Distraught' Star Had Tried to Calm Actor before Plunge

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA

PETE DOHERTY was said to be distraught today over the death of a friend who plunged to his death at a party.

Actor Mark Blanco, 30, was found dying in the street after falling 30 feet from the balcony of a block of flats in Whitechapel after an alleged row with "some unsavoury characters".

The Babyshambles star spoke to Mr Blanco earlier and had tried to calm him down. Mr Blanco had been celebrating landing the lead role in Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, a play about a man who dies in a fall from a police station window.

Doherty's literary agent Paul Roundhillwho owns the flat, denied reports that Doherty had had an argument with Mr Blanco.

He said: "Peter wasn't involved at all.

He is distraught at what happened. There was no fighting, Peter wasn't involved in any way apart from to help and to calm Mark down before the accident.

"They didn't have an argument. Mark was talking to Peter very excitedly about his play. Mark, who is very much loved by many people, arrived in a highly excited state because of his forthcoming play. This was a talented person whose loss is devastating." Doherty, who on Monday was fined [pounds sterling]770 for possession of drugs, had left the flat by the time police arrived.

Detectives want to talk to everyone who was there and Doherty expects to be questioned but there is no suggestion he had anything to do with the death.

Mr Blanco, from Guildford, described as a "brilliant and talented" amateur actor, fell from the second-floor flat at about 1am on Sunday. He was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where he was put on a life support machine but died on Monday.

One friend of Cambridge graduate Mr Blanco said he was picked on and attacked at the party because he did not fit in.

Jerry Sadowitz, a comedian and magician, said: "He should not have been there. …

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