THE death of Stuart Lubbock in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool still remains an unsolved and shocking tragedy two decades later.
In 2020 a Channel 4 documentary explored the death of Lubbock, in a bid to help the dad-of-two's family "get justice".
When was the Michael Barrymore pool death?
Essex Emergency Services received a phone call in the early hours of March 31, 2001, about a body being found in the swimming pool of TV presenter, Michael Barrymore.
Paramedics arrived at the star's then home to find Stuart Lubbock's lifeless body by the side of the pool.
The factory supervisor, a dad-of-two from Harlow, was 31 when he died.
In Channel 4's Barrymore: The Body In The Pool, aired on Thursday, February 6, the 999 call reporting his death to cops was played.
The caller said: "A fella has drowned in the pool. We have got him out.
"There's a party going on and someone has just gone out and found him. I think the geezer's dead mate."
Where is the Essex house where it happened?
Mr Lubbock's body was discovered after a party at Barrymore's then property in Roydon, Essex.
According to a Watford Observer report on the inquest, in 2002, Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray was told that Mr Lubbock had taken a cocktail of drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamine.
A post-mortem also found alcohol in his system.
Mr Lubbock had suffered severe internal injuries that suggested he was sexually assaulted.
An open verdict was recorded into his death by the coroner.
Police and pathologists told Channel 4 they're convinced the married father-of-two was raped and killed and witnesses who were at the property could provide crucial testimony which could reveal the full story.
Stuart's brother Kevin Lubbock also told the programme that there was a "wall of silence" surrounding the death.
He added: "I just want to move on and get on with my life.
"Stuart was the best brother in the world; he was everything you could want really."
What happened to Michael Barrymore after Stuart Lubbock's death?
At the time of Mr Lubbock's death, Mr Barrymore was one of Britain's most popular entertainers.
The star was arrested in 2007 in connection with Mr Lubbock's death, but cops released him without charge three months later.
He had been detained on suspicion of the rape and murder of the man – but always insisted that he was innocent.
Mr Barrymore's arrest was later ruled unlawful, with a high court judge saying that the arresting cop had no reasonable grounds on which to suspect him.
Mr Barrymore's contract with ITV was terminated in 2002 following Mr Lubbock's death.
Did Michael Barrymore sue Essex police?
The wrongful arrest prompted him to sue Essex Police for more than £2.4million in lost earnings, saying that his career had been damaged.
In 2019, the entertainer, 67, dropped his compensation claim.
Court of Appeal judges said the star would only get nominal damages.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the force said: "Essex Police has not made and will not make any payment to Michael [Barrymore].
"At the heart of this case remains the fact that the family of Stuart Lubbock continue to live with the pain of the unanswered questions surrounding his death on March 31, 2001.
"We continue to search for justice for Stuart's family."
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