Police have issued a new appeal into the death of a man found in Michael Barrymore’s pool 18 years ago.
Stuart Lubbock was found dead aged 31 at the comedian and TV presenter’s Essex home after a party in March 2001.
On the day that an interview with Barrymore, 67, on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories aired on ITV, Essex police told anyone with information into the events that it was “never too late” to come forward.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith, head of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "The investigation into Stuart's death, and how he sustained such serious injuries, is still open."
A police spokesman added: "The passing of time can mean that loyalties change, and we would urge anyone who now wishes to come forward to us with information about Stuart's death to do so - it's never too late to do the right thing."
Barrymore told Morgan he deserved to, “walk around with my head held high for the rest of my life,” after winning compensation from Essex Police last year for wrongful arrest.
He said he was sorry for Lubbock’s death, but insisted he was 100 per cent innocent.
Recalling the events of 2001, he said: “That family deserves proper answers. No parent should have to bury their young.
“I had nothing to do with Stuart. I am innocent. I am not 99.9% innocent. I am 100% innocent and I am entitled to walk around with my head held high for the rest of my life.”
He added: “I didn’t facilitate him taking drugs. I was advised (to stay silent) by lawyers at the time. You don’t have to answer in a coroners court.
“I can see lots of things in hindsight. I’m not making excuses. I f***ed up. I f***ed up. What more do you want? I’m sorry. I couldn’t be more sorry.”
Lubbock was found floating in the pool after a party during which drugs and alcohol were consumed. Barrymore fled his home and stayed silent after the events. He was arrested six years later but was released without charge.
He subsequently withdrew from public life.