Olivia Newton-John’s dead ex-lover not so dead after all

Patrick McDermott sends letter from Mexico saying he is alive

Investigators claim to have found Olivia Newton-John’s ‘dead’ former lover alive and well and living in Mexico.

Patrick McDermott, who has been presumed dead since he disappeared on a fishing trip in 2005, has allegedly sent private detectives in the U.S. a message from Mexico. A letter faxed on his behalf insisted that he was alive and well but begged to be left alone.

The bankrupt cameraman left Grease star Miss Newton-John heartbroken after he went on a fishing expedition around San Pedro, California, and never returned. It was widely assumed that the 48-year-old, who had dated the singer for nine years, fell overboard and drowned.

Close friends said Miss Newton-John took years to deal with the grief and uncertainty about what had happened, amidst mounting speculation he had staged his own death to escape mounting debts. She has since found love again with herb tycoon John Easterling, 57, and the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary last month.

Now, investigators hired to find out exactly what had happened claim they have received a fax letter sent on his behalf. Philip Klein, the private investigator leading the probe, said he and his team have had three phone calls from people claiming to be McDermott’s representatives in the past six months.

The most recent fax insisted he had fled California to get out of the rat race and spotlight. It said: ‘Pat has asked that I portray to you his innocence. Pat has committed no crime. Pat simply wishes to be left alone.

‘Let him live his life in peace and harmony. He is safe and has started anew again in a new place both physically and mentally.’

McDermott is divorced from former actress Yvette Nipar, and reportedly owed back child support to her for their now teenage son. Mr Klein believes he and his team are close to tracking him down.

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