The dying father of a man found dead in entertainer Michael Barrymore's pool 20 years ago says he can "rest in peace" knowing he has done his "best" for his tragic son.

Terry Lubbock, who has terminal cancer, has spent years campaigning for a conviction but fears he will not get justice for his son Stuart before he dies.

Stuart, 31, was found floating in an outdoor swimming pool at Barrymore's now former mansion in Roydon, Essex in the early hours of March 31, 2001.

Butcher Mr Lubbock and eight others, including 69-year-old Barrymore, were at a party at the star's luxury home.

No-one has been charged with any offence in relation to Stuart's death, which is being treated as murder by Essex Police.

Terry Lubbock holds a framed photo of his late son Stuart
Terry Lubbock, the father of Stuart Lubbock, says he has done his "best"for his son

Terry, a 76-year-old retired toolmaker from Harlow, said he thinks the truth about the death of his son Stuart will come out.

He said: “I have done my best now for my son. I can rest in peace now.

“I think the truth will come out.”

He added: “My body is going down, and my mind, and I am starting to forget things.”

Michael Barrymore's house where body of Stuart Lubbock was found in the swimming pool after a party
The swimming pool where Stuart's body was found 20 years ago

In February, Mr Lubbock said doctors had told him that he had months to live.

He said all he lived for was to get “justice for Stuart”, but accepts he may never get the answers he wants.

In January he had called for a fresh inquest, and said he thought information must now have emerged which justified a fresh inquiry by a coroner.

A coroner recorded an open verdict after an inquest in 2002 and, three years ago, the then-attorney general, Jeremy Wright, refused to give Mr Lubbock the go-ahead to make an application to the High Court for a second inquest.

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But Mr Lubbock says a fresh Essex Police appeal, which coincided with the broadcast of a Channel 4 documentary Barrymore: The Body In The Pool, in February 2020, had changed the landscape.

Former TV presenter Barrymore was arrested in 2007 but never charged with any offence. He has always denied involvement in the death.

In March, Barrymore spoke to ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme and described the Channel 4 documentary as “vile and vicious”.

He said nobody who was at his house on the night of Stuart's death knew what happened.

Asked if he had anything fresh to offer the police, he replied: “I honestly wish I did.”

Michael Barrymore
Former TV presenter Michael Barrymore has always denied involvement in the death

He said he had been “through 20 years of hell”.

In a fresh denial of wrongdoing following the documentary, Barrymore said: "I have had nothing to do with this whatsoever and yet I keep getting bashed and bullied by the media."

A post-mortem examination showed Stuart had suffered severe internal injuries which suggested he had been sexually assaulted.

Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream.

Essex Police have said their investigation is continuing.

In March, police arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of the murder and indecent assault of Stuart. The man, who was not named by police, was arrested in Cheshire and subsequently released under investigation.

Police say they have prepared a file for consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service following a “substantial and detailed investigation”.