Newton-John's Dead Ex Alive in Mexico
Speculation reigns he faked it to escape debt
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 12:01 PM CDT
Olivia Newton John, daughter Chloe, and boyfriend Patrick McDermott arrive at the Los Angeles opening of 'Mamma Mia!' at the Shubert Theatre February 26, 2001 in Century City, Calif.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Olivia Newton-John’s former lover has been presumed dead since going missing on a 2005 fishing trip—but he may have faked it due to rising debts, the Daily Mail reports. Private investigators claim to have found Patrick McDermott working in a small Mexican fishing town, and a fax sent from his apparent rep says he “wishes to be left alone. Let him live his life in peace and harmony.” Newton-John married an herb tycoon last year.