Dad of man found dead in Michael Barrymore’s pool gravely ill in cancer battle

The dad of the man found dead in Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool 20 years ago is gravely ill, one of his friends has said.

Terry Lubbock’s 31-year-old son Stuart Lubbock died at Barrymore’s then home in Roydon, Essex, on March 31 2001.

Mr Lubbock, 76, of Harlow, Essex, who has mounted a 20-year campaign for justice, revealed in February this year that he had terminal cancer.

Terry has said previously: “I don’t think I’ll be alive to see someone prosecuted for Stuart’s murder… the clock is ticking.”

His friend and publicist, Harry Cichy, said on Monday: “Terry is gravely ill.

“We are praying and hoping for the best.”

Essex Police arrested a man in March on suspicion of the indecent assault and murder of Stuart Lubbock, and released him without charge in August.

Mr Lubbock last week thanked “new witnesses that have come forward”.

A post-mortem examination showed that Stuart Lubbock had suffered severe internal injuries which suggested he had been sexually assaulted.

Alcohol, ecstasy, and cocaine were found in his bloodstream.

A coroner recorded an open verdict, while Mr Lubbock wants a fresh inquest.

Police announced last month that no charges would be bought against the 50-year-old suspect, following his arrest on suspicion of Stuart Lubbock’s murder.

Michael Barrymore told The Mirror three weeks ago: “It’s a terribly sad situation for everybody.”

After learning the suspect would not face any charges, Terry said: “I know somebody at that party inflicted those injuries on my Stuart.”

Terry, who has terminal cancer, vowed: “I will continue my fight for justice”.

Barrymore had no further comment on the case, saying “I have nothing to say at the moment”.

Essex Police had said on the suspect’s release: “There is insufficient evidence to reach the level where there is a realistic chance of a successful prosecution.”

DCI Stephen Jennings, Senior Investigating Officer, appealed for new information, adding: “We have explored all possible lines of enquiry and sometimes, regrettably, the evidence is not yet there to issue charges.”

Barrymore, 69, was arrested in 2007 and questioned in connection with the death. He was released without charge and denies involvement in Stuart’s death.