Michael Barrymore is dead – or so says Michael Barrymore: Shamed comic kills off stage persona and admits he came close to suicide

Michael Barrymore is dead – or so says Michael Barrymore: Shamed comic kills off stage persona… and admits he came close to suicide Former TV star says he has 'killed' stage persona after decade of tormentRecovering alcoholic said he now wishes to be known as Michael ParkerClaims he was 'framed for murder' after man found dead in his pool | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 30 December 2012 Torment: Michael Barrymore says his TV personality is dead after years of being harangued by the press and he now wishes to be known as Michael Parker Disgraced television entertainer Michael Barrymore has ‘killed’ his stage persona – after suffering a decade of torment since a man was found dead in his swimming pool.

"I stopped eating, I could not sleep", Andrew Mitchell describes toll "Plebgate" row took on him

'I stopped eating, I could not sleep', Andrew Mitchell describes toll 'Plebgate' row took on himAndrew Mitchell has spoken of the pain he underwent as the controversy raged around him'I could not sleep. I also stopped eating,' he said.He revealed he was brushing his teeth when PM told him to quit | UPDATED: 01:09 GMT, 24 December 2012 Stress: Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has spoken of the torment he underwent as the 'Plebgate' row raged on Andrew Mitchell says he stopped eating, lost a stone in weight and struggled to get out of bed as the ‘Plebgate’ storm raged. He would sit for hours, clutching his BlackBerry and fretting about the crisis in his career, according to his first account of the scandal.