Gran wants answers from Barrymore

THE grandmother of a man found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool yesterday called on the Celebrity Big Brother star to tell her what happened before she dies.

THE grandmother of a man found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool yesterday called on the Celebrity Big Brother star to tell her what happened before she dies.

The impassioned plea was made by Clacton pensioner Rosina Lubbock, whose grandson Stuart was discovered dead in Mr Barrymore's swimming pool in Roydon, near Harlow, in March 2001.

Medical examinations showed 31-year-old Mr Lubbock, a father-of-two, had suffered serious internal injuries and an open verdict was recorded at his inquest in 2002.

Mr Barrymore was interviewed by the police at the time of Mr Lubbock's death but not charged with any offence.

Yesterday, Mrs Lubbock, a hard-of-hearing 85-year-old, said all the family wanted was to know what happened to her grandson.

She said: “The question I want answered is what happened to my Stuart.

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“He used to visit me here. He was such a lovely boy. He was an extrovert and he used to bring ladies down here.

“He was a clean living boy. When he was younger we used to have him stay with us often and go camping and all sorts of things. We were a very close family and we still are.

“While Mr Barrymore was away in New Zealand I started to relax a little bit. I am almost five years older and it has brought back the stress.”

Mrs Lubbock has not watched the most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother, though she has heard about events inside the Big Brother house from her friends.

One of the hardest things to deal with since the death of her grandson, said Mrs Lubbock, was seeing the impact it has had on her 61-year-old son Terry Lubbock.

She said: “Seeing that has been very hard for me as a mother.”

“It will never be forgotten. We are not saying Mr Barrymore is implicated, but why does he not say something.

“That is all we are asking for. I would really like that to happen before I disappear of this earth.”

The Lubbock family has served an application alleging six offences against the entertainer including being drunk and disorderly, possession of drugs and assaulting Mr Lubbock.

Court proceedings are currently adjourned so that Mr Barrymore can be notified of the family's private prosecution against him.

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