British rocker Pete Doherty has finally spoken out about his link to the deaths of his best friend and a budding actor, insisting the double tragedy has left him a "broken" man.
The former Libertines frontman was last week (beg09May11) cleared of any involvement in the death of Mark Blanco, who passed away in 2006 after plunging from the balcony of an apartment in east London following a bust-up with the rocker at a party.
In January last year (10), Doherty hit headlines again when he and fellow musician Alan Wass were arrested after the suspected drugs death of close friend Robyn Whitehead at his pal Peter Wolfe's London home.
Doherty was subsequently charged with possessing cocaine and is awaiting sentence after admitting the offence - and now he has finally addressed both tragedies in a bid to "do away with the perverse and degrading silence" he's maintained since the incidents.
In a post on his official blog, the singer/songwriter is adamant there was no "foul play" in either Blanco or Whitehead's deaths. He insists he was not present when Blanco toppled from the balcony at literary agent Paul Roundhill's home, and claims there is "no cover up" in the Whitehead case.
Doherty writes, "I have said nothing about any of this up until now. Even the words attributed to me are incorrect. I'll tell you how I feel: Sick to my heart with sadness for the parents and family of both Mark and Robyn, for different reasons, although in both cases the relatives have suffered due to the unprincipled media's insistence that foul play and the 'evil junky Pete Doherty' are to blame for two tragic deaths.
"Mrs Blanco. Your son was well-liked and well-loved and many respected him, for his wit and his talent and his intelligence. I met him on two occasions. The night that he died he was intensely agitated and extremely hyper-active and intoxicated. He was ejected from Paul's flat because of his aggressive and loud attempts to belittle me and assert his view that I was a hyped up pop star and he was a talented actor about to star in a play called 'accidental death of an anarchist'.
"Paul was dismayed that his friend was showing me this side of his character when in reality we could have been friends and exchanged ideas... When he left the flat he was alone and when he fell or jumped he was alone. That is what happened. He either fell or was making an extreme point about the nature of life imitating art.
"I need to think. I need to explain. I need you to know that these families are torturing themselves in the quest for sinister plots and answers that are not there. Robyn's father texted me that I am a 'coward and a runt' and that I am to blame. She talked constantly of her father Peter Whitehead. She worshipped him... She would be broken hearted if she knew that I was not even invited to the funeral. She was my best friend you deranged old silly. There is no cover up. We are broken, me Alan and Wolfe."