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Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 11:55 GMT
Barrymore praises 'support of public'
Michael Barrymore has not been on TV since the inquest in September
Mr Lubbock died in Mr Barrymore's pool
Television entertainer Michael Barrymore has said the support of the public had kept him from descending into a "pit of depression" after the death of a man found in a swimming pool at his home.

Mr Barrymore, from Essex, also praised the help he received from Alcoholics Anonymous.

Speaking to the Herts and Essex Observer, Mr Barrymore, said: "Those close to me love me, and despite what the press would have you believe, I get support from the public.

"That combined with the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) has kept me well and from going into a pit of depression from which I might not get out."

Stuart Lubbock
The cause of Mr Lubbock's death has not been established

Stuart Lubbock, 31, a butchery supervisor from Harlow, Essex, was found floating in a swimming pool at Mr Barrymore's home in nearby Roydon in March 2001.

He was declared dead in hospital shortly afterwards.

Police said Mr Lubbock had been one of a number of people attending a party at Mr Barrymore's luxury home.

Mr Barrymore was cautioned by police for the possession and supply of a Class B drug, the possession of a class A drug and allowing his home to be used for the taking of a class B drug.

New investigation

Tests showed that Mr Lubbock had suffered severe internal injuries.

But at an inquest in September medical experts could not agree on the cause of death and a coroner recorded an open verdict.

Partygoers who gave evidence at the inquest could not explain Mr Lubbock's injuries.

Detectives recently started a new investigation after Mr Barrymore's lawyers asked them to look into the possibility that Mr Lubbock suffered the injuries at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.


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