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Thursday, 7 June, 2001, 01:41 GMT 02:41 UK
Barrymore 'seeking help for problems'
Michael Barrymore leaving Harlow police station after being questioned by officers
Michael Barrymore leaving Harlow police station
Troubled TV entertainer Michael Barrymore has decided to undergo "intensive treatment" for personal problems, according to his manager.

On Wednesday evening police released the star on bail without charge after questioning him in connection with the death of a man at his Essex mansion.

The 49-year-old comedian and quizmaster was interviewed about alleged drugs offences by officers investigating the death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock.

Mr Lubbock, of Harlow, Essex, was found floating face down in the swimming pool at Mr Barrymore's home in March. He was unconscious and died later in hospital.


He now wants to face up to his personal problems and has decided to undergo intensive treatment

Anne Chudleigh
Two men were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of Mr Lubbock's murder. They were also released on bail without charge.

In a statement Mr Barrymore's manager and agent, Anne Chudleigh, said Mr Barrymore had been released "pending further inquiries" by police.

"Michael Barrymore has at all times sought to co-operate with Essex Police in relation to their investigation concerning the death of Mr Lubbock," she said.

Stuart Lubbock
Stuart Lubbock: Found unconscious in pool
"They have no suspicions concerning Michael Barrymore in relation to the circumstances surrounding the tragic death.

"He now wants to face up to his personal problems and has decided to undergo intensive treatment.

"No immediate decision will be taken about Michael's future work commitments but ITV and LWT have welcomed his decision to undergo treatment."

The entertainer's 19-year marriage broke up after he publicly announced he was gay in 1995.

Close friend

Mr Barrymore, from Roydon in Essex, was questioned on suspicion of possessing and supplying a class B drug, possessing a Class A drug and allowing premises to be used for the taking of class B drugs.

One of the men who was questioned on suspicion of murder is believed to be 31-year-old Jonathan Kenney from Blackpool, a close friend of Mr Barrymore.

The second man is a 26-year-old from Harlow.

All three were bailed pending further inquiries and will have to return to Harlow police station on 15 August

Toxicology tests

Mr Barrymore flew into Heathrow Airport from Dubai on Tuesday night.

His solicitor David Corker told the BBC the entertainer made an arrangement with police to appear at Harlow police station on Wednesday.

A spokesman for ITV later said there were no plans to scrap any of Mr Barrymore's shows, which include Kids Say The Funniest Things and My Kind of People.

In a statement the spokesman added: "No immediate decision will be taken about his future work commitments whilst he is undergoing treatment."

The results of toxicology tests on the body of Mr Lubbock have been delivered to police and are being assessed.

An inquest into Mr Lubbock's death was opened and a post-mortem revealed he had drowned.

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