Ray Cameron shot himself in 1993 but comedian Michael was told his dad died of a heart attack while on a morning walk
Family: Michael with wife Kitty (left). His father, Roy Cameron (top right), committed suicide in 1993
Outraged Michael McIntyre is set to sever all relations with his stepmum after she revealed publicly that his dad committed suicide.
Comedian Michael only discovered the truth four years ago about his dad Cameron’s death in 1993.
The suicide remained a family secret until his stepmother Holly spoke out.
She also admitted that Michael, 38, had already put her on a “three strikes and you’re out” warning and her decision to speak out would be the final straw.
Friends said the multi-millionaire comedy star felt betrayed by Holly’s decision to go public with the information she kept hidden for so long.
On stage: Michael McIntyre
In a statement, Michael said: “I’m heartbroken my stepmother has chosen to share painful and personal information publicly.”
For 17 years, Michael believed his dad died of a heart attack.
Holly said she told him the truth in 2010 because he was planning to appear on the BBC family history show Who Do You Think You Are?
She was sure the researchers would unearth the death certificate which states that Cameron shot himself dead.
Holly said telling Michael what really happened was traumatic.
She added: “I was shaking when I told him. There was a paralysed silence on the other end of the line.
“He was crushed. He just said, ‘Oh my God, Oh my God… are you sure?’.”
Michael McIntyre and his father:
Dad-of-four Cameron, whose professional name was Ray Cameron, had produced and written for 70s and 80s comedy programme The Kenny Everett Video Show.
But he and Everett fell out and Cameron relocated to the US with American Holly.
His career as a comedy executive failed and he was left broke and devastated.
Holly said he committed suicide in their LA apartment block. He was 55.
She said: “The only people who knew the truth were the police and me.
“Michael grew up believing his dad went for his morning walk and suffered a heart attack at the side of the road.”
On TV: The Michael McIntyre Chatshow
Keeping the children in the dark was something Cameron requested in his suicide note.
He wrote: “I cannot tell you what to say to the children… My instinct is to shield them if you can.”
Michael was 17, his sister Lucy was 15. Cameron’s kids with Holly were one and seven.
Holly justifies the decision to speak out by saying Michael did not ask her permission when he revealed personal family stories in his 2010 autobiography.
The stepmum also says she and Michael fell out over his apparent refusal to help the career of half-brother Billy, an aspiring musician.
Holly said Michael told her: “This is strike one. You know what happens when you get to strike three? You’re out, Holly.”
Holly said strike two was a couple of years ago when she gave a quote to a journalist about Michael, who is married to Kitty.
The interview with a Sunday paper about the suicide “will be strike three”.
But Holly added: “I have lived with the guilt, the secrets, for so long. It’s been a toxic element in my life, in all our lives.
“I tried to honour Cameron’s wish to protect the kids for as long as I could. Now it is time for the truth to be set free.”