Freddie Starr's sister Brenda Hughes has claimed that the comedian 'never properly recovered' after he was faced with a police investigation into claims he groped a teenager in the '70s.
Starr was released without charge and he sued his accuser, but his life took a downward spiral after he lost the case.
The comedian was found dead in his home in Spain last week at the age of 76 after suffering a heart attack.
Speaking to The Sun, Hughes has now revealed that the scandal had a "big impact on him both mentally and physically".
"Freddie telephoned me after the case ended," she said. "I think it had a big impact on him both mentally and physically. He felt devastated and I don't think he ever properly recovered."
Starr was arrested four times over allegations he groped a 15-year-old in Jimmy Saville's dressing room in 1974.
The Queen meets singer Tina Turner, second from the right, watched by comedian Freddie Starr after the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.
English comedian Freddie Starr.
British pop star Engelbert Humperdinck (c) celebrates with fellow stars Freddie Starr (l) and Des O'Connor (r) at a party in London following a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
File photo dated 27/06/85 of Freddie Starr, flanked by his seconds, Vee Brooks, left, and Sue Lee, right. Starr has died at the of 76, according to reports. Starr, a household name who rose to fame in the 1970s, was found dead at his home in Spain.
Show business personalities after attending the Memorial service for Benny Hill at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. L-R Top Row Henry McGee, Alfred Marks, Freddie Starr, Les Dennis. Bottom row L-R Davie Kaye and Ronnie Corbett.
File photo dated 17/03/83 of Freddie Starr who has died at the of 76, according to reports. Starr, a household name who rose to fame in the 1970s, was found dead at his home in Spain.
Comedian Freddie Starr who celebrates his 52nd birthday on Tuesday 9 Januray, 1996.
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Freddie Starr, whose horse Miinnehoma was the winner of the 1994 Grand National.
Freddie Starr arrives at Leeds Crown Court today (Wednesday) where he was called as a witness. Watch for PA Story COURTS (blackmail) story. Photo by John Giles/PA.
Comedian Freddie Starr outside Maidenhead Magistrates Court today (Wednesday) with his girlfriend Donna Smith, where he appeared on an assault charge after he slapped his teenage son during a bitter family row. Starr admitted common assault and recieved 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of 45. Photo by Tim Ockenden/PA. See PA story COURTS Starr
Freddie Starr arrives at the British Comedy Awards at the Fountain Studios in London.
Freddie Starr outside his home in Warwickshire after the CPS confirmed that he will not be charged as part of Operation Yewtree due to insufficient evidence.
Freddie Starr leaves the High Court in London at the start of a slander and libel claim against a woman who says he groped her when she was in the audience at a Jimmy Savile show when she was a 15-year-old.
Comic Freddie Starr poses for pictures during a photo call to launch the new series Supply and Demand January 22. Starr will play a drugs baron in his first serious role.
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The investigation against him was part of Operation Yewtree, which focused on historic sex abuse allegations in the wake of the accusations made against Saville.