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Michael Barrymore smiles as he walks his dog after being quizzed over 2001 pool death of Stuart Lubbock

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MICHAEL Barrymore was seen smiling as he walks his dog after being quizzed over the death of a man in his swimming pool 20 years ago.

The entertainer, 69, was pictured with his pup after being questioned again by cops following the arrest of a man in connection with the death of Stuart Lubbock at his mansion in Roydon, Essex, in 2001.

Tragic Stuart, 31, was found dead with internal injuries in the swimming pool - and despite several investigations, no one has been charged.

Stuart's terminally ill father Terry has continually called for justice.

Barrymore and the guests at his home in Roydon, Essex, have always denied any wrongdoing.

It emerged earlier this month that Essex Police had sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service concerning the arrest of a 50-year-old man in Cheshire, in connection with the case.

They were held on suspecion of murder and indecent assualt - but as yet there has been no update.

The Sun revealed in March how Barrymore and other guests at the party had been questioned again about the incident.

20-YEAR TIMELINE OF EVENTS

MARCH 31, 2001: Stuart Lubbock is found dead in a pool at Michael Barrymore’s then-home in Roydon, Essex.

APRIL 2001: A post-mortem concludes cause of death was drowning. Pathologists find traces of cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol in Mr Lubbock’s system.

JUNE 2001: Barrymore quizzed a number of times and spends a night in police custody after being arrested on drugs allegations arising from the inquiry.

SEPTEMBER 2002: Coroner records an open verdict on the death of Mr Lubbock.

NOVEMBER 2002: Barrymore’s lawyers successfully demand Essex Police re-investigate matters surrounding Mr Lubbock’s death.

JANUARY 2006: Barrymore makes a high-profile return to the UK and attempts to relaunch his career after coming second in Celebrity Big Brother.

DECEMBER 2006: Police announce they will reopen the investigation after Barrymore claims there were other witnesses to the events of the night.

JUNE 2007: Barrymore arrested on suspicion of serious sexual assault and murder. He has always denied any involvement in the death.

SEPTEMBER 2007: Barrymore answers bail and police question him further. He and two other men are later released without charge.

JULY 2015: Barrymore sues Essex police as 2007 arrest “damaged his career”.

AUGUST 2017: High Court finds in favour of Barrymore over technicalities of arrest — but only nominal damages were awarded to the TV star.

FEBRUARY 2020: Essex Police receive a string of new leads following Barrymore documentary and The Sun doubling award to £40,000.

MARCH 2021: Police arrest a man, 50, in Cheshire, on suspicion of indecent assault and murder of Mr Lubbock.

In May, we revealed how he insisted “in his heart of hearts” he had nothing to do with Stuart’s death.

Essex police said the suspect, who has since been released, was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and murder after “significant new information” came to light.

No decision is expected by the CPS for several weeks.

Earlier this year, Lubbock's ex-wife, who died at the pool party at Barrymore's home, slammed the TV star, saying that he should have done more to help.

Sue Homan added: “It would have really helped our campaign to have someone with his fame supporting us.

“Barrymore could have reached out to Stuart’s grieving family more to help them get justice.”

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