Dad of man found dead in Michael Barrymores pool dies after cancer diagnosis

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The father of a man found dead in entertainer Michael Barrymore's swimming pool has died.

Terry Lubbock, the father of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock has died at the age of 76 after being 'gravely ill' with terminal cancer, his friend and publicist Harry Cichy said.

The devoted father continued to battle for a fresh inquest until the end despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer at Princess Alexandra Hospital, last month.

Sadly, Mr Lubbock, a retired toolmaker who lived in Harlow, Essex, died on Wednesday, September 15 without seeing justice for his son.

Mr Cichy said:"You don't come across many people like Terry Lubbock."

"His tenacity and determination were incredible. He looked like a mild-mannered man, but he had the heart of a lion."

His friend and publicist added: "I knew him for 16 years.

"He thought about Stuart every waking hour, seven days a week.

"He's died sad, because he's died knowing people never knew the truth about what happened.

"But no-one could have fought harder for their son."

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No-one has has been charged in relation to Stuart Lubbock's death.

The 76-year-old has also suffered a number of strokes previously and believed a new inquest would allow full details of his son's death to be made public for the first time.

In heartbreaking reports on Monday, Terry: “It’s a killer and I’m only going to be around for a few months.

"They can’t do anything about it, they say it has spread too far around my body.

“Then I can rest in peace. We have got to get another inquest, then I will feel as though my job has been done.

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“I’ve given it my best shot, it’s taken me twenty years to start to get some kind of justice. I think it’s going to come.”

Essex Police launched a fresh investigation last year, which coincided with Channel 4's documentary, Barrymore: The Body In The Pool.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings said that officers had been wrong to assume it was an accidental drowning and not to secure the scene.

He said: “I believe that [Stuart] was raped and murdered that night.

“One or more of those party-goers are responsible for that serious sexual assault on Stuart Lubbock.”

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