Freddie Starr ‘threatened to end his life’ after sex abuse claims
Freddie Starr was ‘broken’ by the police probe into his past, under Operation Yewtree.
The comedian – who died at his home on Thursday, aged 76 – was among those arrested by police who were investigation allegations of historic sex abuse’; between 2012-2014 he was questioned four times by officers, before being released without charge.
Now, close pal Jim Davidson has claimed the late star never got over the accusations – and allegedly threatened to end his life.
The 65-year-old said: ‘He told [police] he was going to kill himself…I asked him what they did when he said that and he said, “they kept me in a cell for 14 hours while I had a psychiatric assessment”.’
‘I think it really broke him. He was overwhelmed by it all.’
Discussing the claims, he added to the Sun: ‘It was a sad way to end a career for someone who I thought was Britain’s greatest entertainer.’
Following the allegations, Freddie moved to Spain in 2015, explaining that was where he wanted to see his life out.
In a candid chat with the Daily Mail, he said: ‘No matter which I way I turned there was a f***ing revolver pointing at my head so I thought: ‘I’m not going to tell anyone, I’m just going to get on a plane and go to Spain, the place I love, and this is where I’m going to die.’
Freddie passed away at his home in Spain on Thursday, with an autopsy confirming he died after a heart attack.
He suffered from health issues in the past, undergoing a quadruple bypass in 2010 after suffering from a previous heart attack.
After recovering from the operation, he was forced to pull out of several public appearances in 2015, due to a ‘serious lung condition’.
Just last week, he updated concerned fans, assuring them he was ‘doing good’. In a post shared on Facebook on 1 May, he explained he ‘was getting more tired’ but was still in good health.
‘Hello everyone hope everyone is okay? Me yes I’m okay, getting tired more now but otherwise I’m doing good,’ he wrote.
‘I just have to say thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the kind comments and messages it really does mean a lot so thank you to each and every one of you thanks so much.’
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