Stuart Lubbock’s father Terry Lubbock – 31-year-old who was killed in entertainer Michael Barrymore’s pool – has died, his friend has said.
Mr Lubuck, 76, said earlier this year he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The retired toolmaker, who lives in Harlow, Essex, led a 20-year campaign for justice for his son.
Stuart Lubbock died in March 2001 at Mr Barrymore’s home in Roydon, Essex. No one has been charged in connection with the death.
His friend and publicist Harry Schiele said he died on Wednesday and paid tribute.
“You don’t meet a lot of people like Terry Lubbock,” said Mr. Schiele. “His tenacity and determination was unbelievable.
“He looked like a soft-spoken man, but he had the heart of a lion.”
Mr Schiele said: “I had known him for 16 years. He thought of Stuart every waking hour, seven days a week.
“He is sadly dead, because he has died knowing that people never knew the truth about what had happened. But no one could have fought more for his son.”
No one has been charged in connection with the death of Stuart Lubbock.
Essex Police arrested a man on suspicion of indecent assault and murder of Stuart Lubbock in March and released him without charge in August.
Mr Lubbock had thanked “new witnesses for appearing”.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Stuart Lubbock had suffered serious internal injuries, which suggests that he had been sexually assaulted.
Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream and a coroner filed an open verdict.
Mr Lubbock, who was divorced and had another son, Kevin, was fighting for a fresh interrogation.
“A new inquiry was the one that really mattered to him,” Mr Schiele said.
“He had lost faith in the police. Sadly, he died not knowing whether there would be any further inquiries.”
Mr Lubbock told reporters in February he had incurable cancer and said doctors had told him he had several months to live.
In April, he made a “final appeal” to appear before witnesses. He had said, ‘We want the old witnesses to come forward and tell the truth.
“The clock is ticking for me, and time is running out. This will be my last appeal.”
Mr Barrymore, now 69, was arrested in 2007, but has never been charged with a crime.
He later sued Essex Police, claiming that his wrongful arrest had cost him around £2.5m in lost earnings, but Court of Appeals judges concluded that he should receive minor damages.
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