A £10,000 compensation claim is being brought by the father of a man found dead by a swimming pool at the former home of entertainer Michael Barrymore.
Stuart Lubbock, 31, died from internal injuries at a party at Mr Barrymore's former home in Roydon, Essex, in 2001. No-one has ever been charged.
Terry Lubbock said he had been told the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board would consider a claim.
He said the money would compensate for his financial losses and suffering.
Mr Lubbock said he was delighted to hear the board would consider his claim.
"I'm over the moon," he said. "It means I can continue to fight for justice for Stuart."
Mr Barrymore has been told he will face no charges in connection with Stuart Lubbock's death in March 2001.
In September, a senior Crown Prosecution Service lawyer said there was "still no answer in either the scientific or medical evidence how or by whose hand Mr Lubbock died".
He added that there was no forensic evidence to connect "any objects to any potential defendant".
Police said they would continue to investigate and appealed for anyone with further information to come forward.