Channel 4’s “harrowing” documentary about the man found dead in Michael Barrymore’s pool almost 20 years ago has left viewers “heartbroken”.
Barrymore: The Body In The Pool explored the unexplained death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, whose body was found at the TV star's then-home in Roydon, Essex after a party on March 31 2001.
Mr Lubbock had sustained injuries which experts believe were the result of a serious sexual assault.
People tuning in on Thursday night were moved by the grief of Mr Lubbock’s dad, Terry, who has never given up his fight to find out what happened to his son.
“Poor Terry Lubbock, the man is in a living hell, the whole family look broken, absolutely heartbreaking,” one person posted on Twitter.
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“I feel so much for Stuart Lubbock’s father. I can’t imagine,” said another.
— London Calling (@LDNiscalling) February 6, 2020
Another viewer tweeted: “Heartbreaking for Stuart's dad. It's clearly consumed him for the past 20 odd years. Hope he one day gets the answers and the closure he deserves and needs.”
Heartbreaking for Stuart's dad. It's clearly consumed him for the past 20 odd years. Hope he one day gets the answers and the closure he deserves and needs #Thebodyinthepool
— Gary Chapman (@TheChapmanator) February 6, 2020
“Very harrowing,” another person posted.
Just been watching The Michael Barrymore documentary on channel 4. Very Harrowing, remember it being all over the news and the papers at the time. R.I.P Stuart Lobbek
— Pixie Willow x (@SueHarp02510778) February 6, 2020
Many viewers said they hoped the family would get answers.
One tweeted: “Sincerely hope the new investigation reveals the truth of who killed @LubbockStuart & bring those to justice & brings peace to the #Lubbock family.”
— Susie Dodd (@dodd_suzie) February 6, 2020
Barrymore, 67, was arrested in 2007, but never charged with any offence.
Last year Barrymore told Piers Morgan's Life Stories programme that he was "100% innocent".
He later sued Essex Police claiming wrongful arrest, which he said had cost him about £2.5 million in lost earnings.
However, Court of Appeal judges concluded Barrymore would be entitled to only "nominal" damages.