Jeremy Kyle Show death: Guest was 'worried about repercussions'

22 May 2019, 13:26 | Updated: 22 May 2019, 18:34

A Jeremy Kyle Show guest who died in a suspected suicide was worried about the repercussions of his appearance, an inquest has heard.

Steve Dymond, 63, died a week after reportedly failing a lie detector test after going on the show to try to save his relationship.

The controversial daytime show was subsequently axed.

An inquest was opened into his death at Portsmouth Coroner's Court on Wednesday.

The construction worker was found in his room in Portsmouth on 9 May after splitting from his on-off fiancee Jane Callaghan.

Detective Sergeant Marcus Mills, of Hampshire Police, told the inquest that Mr Dymond was living with a couple called Sam and Michelle and had moved in on 10 February.

He said: "Steven had told Michelle and Sam he had been in a relationship with a female named Jane.

"They had split up and he had been kicked out of the house following allegations he had been cheating.

"Steven had also mentioned they were going to go on the Jeremy Kyle show for a lie detector test to get everything sorted.

"Steven told Michelle that things didn't go well on the show.

"He became angry when talking about Jane. He became concerned about the repercussions of the show and the rumours that had started as a result."

Mr Dymond had recently been in touch with his estranged son, Carl, and had found out he was a grandfather.

Two letters, one to Carl and one to Ms Callaghan, were found near his body, as well as medication packets.

He was taken medication for his knee, DS Mills told the hearing.

The detective said: "There were no signs of foul play from any other parties. This was a suspected suicide."

Results from the post-mortem have not yet come through.

The inquest was adjourned until 21 November.

No family or friends of Mr Dymond attended the short hearing.

The ITV show was brought to an end after 14 years following the death of Mr Dymond, with Kyle saying he was "utterly devastated".

MPs have launched an inquiry into reality TV and watchdog Ofcom has revealed it will look at the use of lie detector tests in the future.

Mr Dymond's death prompted national outcry against reality TV shows, including ITV's dating show Love Island, from which two former contestants have taken their own lives.

Ahead of the fifth series of Love Island, ITV shared its duty of care processes, in which it said this year it would offer "enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package".

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

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