Terry Lubbock, 76, whose son Stuart Lubbock, 31, died at Michael Barrymore’s then house in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001, mentioned earlier this 12 months that he had been identified with terminal most cancers
The daddy of a person discovered useless in entertainer Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool 20 years in the past has died, a pal has confirmed.
Terry Lubbock, 76, whose son Stuart Lubbock, 31, died at Barrymore’s then house in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001, mentioned earlier this 12 months that he had been identified with terminal most cancers.
Mr Lubbock, a retired toolmaker who lived in Harlow, Essex, had mounted a 20-year marketing campaign for justice for his son.
Son Stuart Lubbock, a butcher, had been attending a celebration at TV presenter Barrymore’s luxurious house with eight different individuals on March 31, 2001 when he died.
Terry Lubbock’s pal, and publicist, Harry Cichy mentioned he had died on Wednesday and paid tribute.
“You do not come throughout many individuals like Terry Lubbock,” mentioned Mr Cichy.
“His tenacity and willpower have been unimaginable.
“He regarded like a mild-mannered man, however he had the center of a lion.”
Mr Cichy added: “I knew him for 16 years.
“He considered Stuart each waking hour, seven days per week.
“He is died unhappy, as a result of he is died understanding individuals by no means knew the reality about what occurred.
“However no-one may have fought more durable for his or her son.”
No-one has has been charged in relation to Stuart Lubbock’s loss of life.
Essex Police arrested a person, 50, in March, on suspicion of the indecent assault and homicide of Stuart Lubbock.
Mr Lubbock had thanked “new witnesses which have come ahead”.
In March, Detective Superintendent Lucy Morris mentioned new info got here to mild following a Channel four documentary in February 2020 and police enchantment with an elevated reward of £40,000.
She added on the time: “This info has led to us making an arrest and over the approaching days we shall be contacting all those that have been current on the occasion on the time in addition to others who might have info.
“We’ve got by no means given up on discovering out precisely what occurred to Stuart and we won’t cease in our pursuit of justice for him and for his household and pals.
“9 individuals have been at that occasion. We all know that not everybody was answerable for what occurred however somebody was.
“Now’s the time to return ahead, if you have not finished so already, to set this matter to relaxation by offering us with any info you might have.”
The 50-year-old suspect was launched with out cost in August.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings, mentioned: “We’ve got labored tirelessly to safe justice for Stuart, for his devoted father Terry and for the entire household.
“This information is a large private disappointment to all the detectives concerned on this case. We’ve got explored all attainable strains of inquiry and generally, regrettably, the proof isn’t but there to subject expenses.”
A autopsy examination confirmed that Stuart Lubbock had suffered extreme inside accidents which recommended he had been sexually assaulted.
Alcohol, ecstasy, and cocaine have been present in his bloodstream.
A coroner recorded an open verdict.
Mr Lubbock, who was divorced and had one other son, Kevin, was combating for a contemporary inquest.
“A brand new inquest was what actually mattered to him,” mentioned Mr Cichy.
“He had misplaced religion within the police.
“Sadly, he is died not understanding whether or not there shall be one other inquest.”
Mr Lubbock advised journalists in February that he had terminal most cancers and mentioned medical doctors had advised him that he had months to dwell.
In April, he made a “last enchantment” for witnesses to return ahead.
“We wish outdated witnesses to return ahead and inform the reality,” he had mentioned.
“For me the clock is ticking, and time is operating out.
“This shall be my last enchantment.”
Barrymore, now 69, was arrested in 2007 however by no means charged with any offence.
He subsequently sued Essex Police, claiming his wrongful arrest had price him about £2.5 million in misplaced earnings.
Court docket of Enchantment judges concluded he ought to obtain nominal damages.
Chatting with the Mirror as he walked his canine again, earlier this month Mr Barrymore mentioned: “It’s a very unhappy scenario for everyone.”