Blanco benefit

A| FUND-RAISING benefit is being held to help raise cash for a fighting fund for the family of actor Mark Blanco who fell to his death at an East End party.

The show at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Wednesday (September 15) has been arranged by his music teacher mother Sheila to fund an investigation into the 30-year-old’s death in 2006.

He had gone to the party at Romford Road, Whitechapel, as pop star Pete Doherty was there and he wanted to persuade the gossip columnists’ favourite to attend the opening of a show he was appearing in and bring it some much needed publicity. But he fell from the second floor flat and died later in hospital.

The police originally concluded that Mr Blanco who lived in Commercial Road committed suicide but this was rejected at the inquest.

Video footage showed Pete Doherty and a companion walk past Mr Blanco’s body as it lay in the street.

The fund-raising event starts at 7.30pm at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Entertainment will be provided by guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas and violinist Emma Blanco along with Graffiti Classics –16 strings, eight dancing feet and four voices.

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There will also be an auction of Mr Blanco’s antiquarian books to help praise funds.

Tickets cost �22 and �19 for concessions and are available from the box office on 020 7 388 8822.

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