Police probing Stuart Lubbock’s death in Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool ‘question the former Strike It Lucky host to see if he can help their new inquiry’ after they arrested man, 50, for murder
- Michael Barrymore reportedly spoke to police regarding Stuart Lubbock’s death
- Stuart, 31, attended a party at the comedian’s home in Roydon, Essex, in 2001
- Found floating in the swimming pool but nobody brought to justice for his death
Police met with Strike It Lucky star Michael Barrymore again over Stuart Lubbock’s death in the swimming pool of his Essex home in 2001.
It comes as a 50-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and indecent assault in Cheshire on March 17 after ‘significant new information’ came to light, was released under investigation earlier this month.
Butcher Mr Lubbock, 31, had been attending a party at Barrymore’s luxury home in Roydon with eight other people when he died.
According to The Sun, Essex Police met with Barrymore again and quizzed him last week.
Michael Barrymore, 68, (pictured walking his dog with a friend in March) was reportedly quizzed by police again last week after Stuart Lubbock was found dead in his swimming pool during a party at his house in Roydon, Essex
Mr Lubbock, 31, (pictured) had been attending a party at Barrymore’s luxury home in Roydon with eight other people when he died
Mike Browne, his former agent, said: ‘The police asked us if we had anything new that might have come to mind in the last 20 years but we don’t.
‘We both just want this to be resolved for everyone’s sake.’
Essex Police has been approached by MailOnline for comment.
Mike Browne said Essex Police detectives visited his home earlier this month – shortly after a man, 50, was held in Cheshire in connection with Stuart’s death.
He told the Mirror: ‘They just really wanted to clarify if I was aware of anything coming to light over the last 20 years. Of course, my honest answer was believe me, if anything had done, you would have been made aware of it’.
Stuart was found floating in Mr Barrymore’s swimming pool but nobody has been brought to justice for causing his death.
Detectives believe that Mr Lubbock may also have been abused by a pool thermometer and outhouse handle that went missing after his suspected murder.
The initial investigation was deeply flawed after officers failed to secure the crime scene and assumed Stuart had drowned.
A post-mortem examination showed Mr Lubbock had suffered severe internal injuries which suggested he had been sexually assaulted.
Michael Barrymore’s meeting with Essex Police comes as a 50-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder and indecent assault in Cheshire on March 17 was released under investigation this week. Pictured: Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool
Mr Lubbock, 31, had been attending a party at Barrymore’s luxury home in the Essex village of Roydon with eight other people on March 31, 2001
Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream.
The coroner recorded an open verdict.
Stuart Lubbock’s death shocked Britain and ended Michael Barrymore’s TV career overnight. The star, who made millions as one of the UK’s top TV personalities of the 1980s and 1990s, has always denied playing any part in his suspected murder.
He has been reduced to playing Strike It Lucky live with fans on Instagram and was last seen on TV during a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.
A planned appearance on Dancing on Ice last year never happened after he broke his wrist and he was never invited back.
Last year’s Channel 4 documentary about the case prompted Barrymore, 68, to issue a fresh denial of any wrongdoing, saying: ‘I have had nothing to do with this whatsoever and yet I keep getting bashed and bullied by the media.’