Three held in Paris over death of Warner Music exec

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French police have detained three people on suspicion of foul play in the death of Australian rock music executive Peter Ikin, including his former lover, sources connected to the case said Tuesday.

Ikin, a former Warner Music executive and friend to stars such as Elton John and Fleetwood Mac, died of an apparent heart attack aged 62 at his Paris home on November 12, 2008.

His will named his live-in partner, a Parisian man in his 40s, as the principal heir to his multi-million-dollar fortune.

But the inquiry into his death was reopened 18 months later after Ikin's relatives filed suit in Britain, claiming the will was forged.

Ikin's partner was taken into custody for questioning early this month, and detained along with a couple on suspicion of forging inheritance documents, the sources said. All three deny the accusations.

Investigators now believe the Australian businessman may have died after taking an abnormal dose of prescription drugs.

© 2010 AFP

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