Robert Parks was found seriously injured inside an address in Oldmeldrum on May 3, 2014, and died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary later that day.
The 59-year-old’s death was initially thought to be non-suspicious but Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team launched an investigation after new information came to light.
Details of this new information have not been provided for legal reasons.
A 43-year-old man has been arrested and released pending further investigation and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
In a statement, the family and partner of Mr Parks said: “We remain completely devastated by the loss of Robert in 2014 and respectfully ask for privacy at this time while we come to terms with the developments in the investigation.”
Detective Inspector Gary Winter said: “My thoughts are with Robert’s partner, family and friends as they come to terms with this news and we continue to support them with specialist officers.
“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Robert's death. If you have any information please contact Police Scotland on 101 - quoting incident number 515 of 26 January 2021, or email to [email protected]"
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