– Scotland Yard statement
Police attended a private address in Effingham Road, Lewisham on Monday 28 October as a man had failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court today.
At approx 1420 officers entered the address and found the body of a man. A FME (forensic medical examiner) attended and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Next of kin are being informed.
Whilst officers believe they know the identity of the deceased, they await confirmation of formal identification.
Operation Yewtree suspect David Smith was charged with indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 1984, but didn't turn up to court.
He has now been found dead at his home.
Earlier today, David Smith failed to turn up at Southwark Crown Court for the start of his trial.
Smith's counsel Sandy Canavan said her solicitor had been attempting to contact Smith without success.
Ms Canavan said: "He has been regularly in contact, I am concerned at the lack of contact. He is the sole carer for his very aged and very unwell mother, that may have affected why he's not here today."