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Stuart Lubbock’s father dies without answers to son’s death at Barrymore party

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Retired toolmaker Terry Lubbock, 76, campaigned tirelessly after Stuart died in hospital following a drug-fuelled party at the then TV star’s Essex mansion. Yesterday a senior detective praised Terry’s “dignity and good grace”.

Det Supt Stephen Jennings, who is leading the latest Essex Police inquiry into the case, said: “Terry was a devoted father. He loved his son Stuart immensely and he understandably never got over the tragedy.

“Not only losing his son, but also the fact that he never gave up on his search for answers about how Stuart came to meet his death.

“This must have felt like an unbearable burden for Terry.”

He added: “We were always struck by his dignity and good grace. Terry’s devotion to his son and to his pursuit of justice knew no bounds. He was an example to many of us in his relentless quest for truth and justice.”

Mr Jennings then vowed: “Our investigation into Stuart’s death will not end with Terry’s.

“As long as the case remains open, we will do all we can to deliver justice for him and his family.”

Stuart, 31, was found unconscious in the swimming pool after going with friends to a party at Barrymore’s sprawling home in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.

He died later at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in nearby Harlow. A post mortem examination found he had suffered “horrific injuries”.

Toxicology tests showed the “pleasant, sociable” father-of-two also had alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine in his bloodstream.

In the most recent twist, a 50-year-old man was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of his murder and indecent assault.

But he was released after the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was “insufficient evidence” to pursue charges.

Barrymore, now 69, saw his career nosedive after Stuart’s death. He was arrested then released in 2007 and has never been charged with an offence.

Before Stuart’s death Barrymore was regularly voted as the most popular TV host by the public as he presented hit light entertainment shows including Strike It Lucky and My Kind Of People. Afterwards his career effectively ended.

He sued Essex Police, claiming wrongful arrest cost him about £2.5million in lost earnings, but the Court of Appeal gave him only nominal damages.

Last night Terry’s friend Harry Cichy paid tribute, saying: “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.

“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.”

In February, Mr Lubbock ‑ who has another son ‑ announced that he had cancer and only months to live.

Making a last appeal for witnesses to come forward, he said: “For me the clock is ticking and time is running out.

“This will be my final appeal.”



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