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The father of a man found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool nearly 20 years ago has thanked the entertainer for keeping the case in the public eye.

Terry Lubbock says the TV presenter has helped his fight to get justice for his son Stuart Lubbock enormously.

Mr Lubbock (74) was speaking ahead of the broadcast of a Channel 4 documentary about his son's death at Barrymore's then-home in Roydon, Essex in March 2001.

He has seen a preview of the documentary - Barrymore: The Body In The Pool, which will be broadcast on Thursday - and says he thinks it will help police investigating his son's death.

"I'm not well now and I've seen the best years of my life," Mr Lubbock said.

"All I live for is to see Stuart get justice - and I'm determined that I will live to see Stuart get justice.

"Michael Barrymore is a very, very clever man and he wants to be in the limelight and he wants to be back on television.

"And he has helped me enormously. He's kept this in the news, and I thank him for it."

Mr Lubbock added: "People had said to me, 'why don't you put this behind you?'

"But how can you forget your child?

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"As long as I keep breathing, I won't stop fighting for him.

"And anyone who had anything to do with what happened to him had better realise that.

"I have seen this documentary. It's very good. I think it's going to push the door open a bit more. I think it's going to help get justice for Stuart."

Mr Lubbock told the documentary that the fallout has "smothered everything that was good" about his son.

The new programme charts the police's investigation, as well as the attempts by Barrymore to restore his public image following the incident.

Last year, Barrymore told Piers Morgan's ITV show Life Stories that he was "100pc innocent".

The TV star was arrested in 2007 but never charged with any offence.

He sued Essex Police and claimed it was a wrongful arrest, but Court of Appeal judges concluded he would be entitled to only "nominal" damages.