A father who led a 20-year campaign for the truth behind the death of his son in the pool of entertainer Michael Barrymore has died.
Terry Lubbock, 76, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, did what he described as his “last call” to witnesses in April as he fought for a new investigation into the death of his son, Stuart.
The 31-year-old was found dead at Barrymore’s home at the time in Roydon, Essex on March 31, 2001, after a party.
Barrymore said he was saddened to hear of Terry Lubbock’s death, adding: “Essex Police must continue to seek justice for the Lubbock family, whom I continue to fully support.”
Tribute to Terry Lubbock, his friend Harry Cichy said: “He died sadly because he died, knowing that people never knew the truth about what happened. But no one could have fought harder for their son.
“A new investigation was what really mattered to him. He had lost faith in the police. Unfortunately, he died without knowing if there would be another investigation.
The retired toolmaker and driver, who lived in Harlow, Essex, was divorced and had another son. He asked others to come forward with information about Stuart’s death, and said in April, “For me, the clock is ticking, and time is running out.”
During his campaign, he produced a DVD and co-wrote a book, Not Awight.
In 2009, a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed six of Lubbock’s 36 complaints about the Essex police investigation.
It turned out that two equipment photographed by police on the scene – a 12in pool thermometer and a door handle – were never found or recovered. Two senior officers offer an apology on behalf of the force.
“It’s all covered up. We have to dig much deeper,” he said. Lubbock told the Guardian in 2009.
No one has been charged in connection with Stuart’s death. Essex police have arrested a man in March on suspicion of assaulting and murdering Stuart Lubbock, and released him in August without charge.
A postmortem showed that Stuart Lubbock had suffered serious internal injuries, suggesting that he had been sexually assaulted. Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream. A coroner recorded an open verdict.
Barrymore, now 69, was arrested in 2007 but never charged with insult. He then sued Essex Police, claiming that his false arrest cost him around £ 2.5 million in lost income, but court judges ruled he should receive nominal damages.