Man, 50, arrested for murder of Stuart Lubbock after his body was found in Michael Barrymore's pool 20 years ago

A MAN has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man found dead in Michael Barrymore's pool.

Cops announced this morning a 50-year-old is being held in connection with the death of Stuart Lubbock.

He was arrested in Cheshire earlier today.

Essex Police have not said what the man is suspected of, but say it's linked to Mr Lubbock's "indecent assault and murder".

Entertainer Michael Barrymore was one of the UK's most popular TV presenters when the body of Mr Lubbock was found in his swimming pool on March 31, 2001.

The case of Mr Lubbock's death remains undetermined and an inquest in 2002 recorded an open verdict.

Mr Lubbock, a factory supervisor and dad-of-two from Harlow, was just 31 when he died.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had taken a cocktail of drugs at the party including cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamine, and he also had alcohol in his system.

The 31-year-old also suffered severe internal injuries that suggested he was sexually assaulted.

Mr Barrymore and two other men were later arrested, but to date, no one has been charged over the death.

The entertainer, now 67, has continuously denied any wrongdoing.

The arrest this morning comes just days after Mr Lubbock's terminally-ill dad announced he's hired a top lawyer to fight for answers about his son's death.

Terry Lubbock is hoping his barrister can secure a second inquest – as he reveals he has "just months left to live".

The 76-year-old, who has terminal prostate cancer, has hired lawyer Alan Payne – who was involved in the probe into the crash which killed Princess Diana.

Today, he said: "There is just so much going on in my head.

"I can't get my head around it.

"Of course I'm happy. Of course this is good news.

"But it's been 20 years. This has nearly killed me."

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