THE Jeremy Kyle show was taken off the air indefinitely after a guest who failed a love-cheat lie detector test died of a drug overdose just days later.
But who was Steve Dymond and what actually happened in the lead up to his tragic death?
Who was Steve Dymond?
Steve Dymond, 63, was found dead on May 9, 2019, shortly after he appeared on the daytime ITV programme – The Jeremy Kyle Show.
The construction worker had first split from his fiancée Jane Callaghan in February that year after she accused him of cheating on her, seeing him sign up to the talk show in a bid to prove her wrong.
Just seven days after his appearance, Dymond was found dead at his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
An inquest ruled that he passed away due to a morphine overdose and a heart problem.
He had taken a deadly quantity of tablets, which had been prescribed for his arthritis, and it is thought he had been dead for a number of days in his rented room before his body was discovered.
The 63-year-old was given a pauper's funeral by the local council after cutting ties with his family before he died.
Dymond's estranged wife Dianne Healing later came forward to claim that the dad-of-one killed himself because he was scared of being exposed as a paedophile.
She said they split after he was arrested over allegations he was a child sex fiend – but was only questioned by police and never charged as cops didn't have enough evidence.
What happened on The Jeremy Kyle Show?
Dymond went on The Jeremy Kyle Show in an attempt to convince his fiancée Jane Callaghan that he hadn't been unfaithful.
But despite his claims, Dymond was shown to have failed a love-cheat lie detector test, despite his partner later explaining he was "really excited and confident" in proving his innocence.
According to his family's counsel, when the result was announced the audience "booed and jeered" at him and he was "called a failure by the presenter".
She also claimed Jeremy Kyle has got "in his face" and even when he was "at the point of collapsing, he was still being heckled".
It was revealed that the Brit broadcaster had told Dymond he "would not trust him with a chocolate button" and remarked: "Has anyone got a shovel?"
Dymond claimed he'd applied for the show 300 times, to prove to Jane that he hadn't cheated on her.
Steve left three suicide notes before his death – none of which blame the programme for his tragic overdose. Jane said that she was sent the notes that were found at his bedside by cops.
Just before his death Steve texted Jane to say he could not face life without her. In desperate messages he wrote: "I can’t live without you. I just wanted to come and see you. "I just wanted to say sorry before I go. My life is not worth living without you." Jane, who said Steve had been diagnosed with depression, told Sun Online: “He wanted to go on. He was really excited and confident. But it was all a front and I knew it. He wasn’t well at all.”
The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled the day after his death, on May 10, 2019, before ITV decided to permanently axe it.
What has Jeremy Kyle said about Steve Dymond?
Jeremy Kyle believes he was made a scapegoat when his daytime hit was axed after a participant’s suspected suicide.
The 56-year-old said it left him “completely devastated” and unable to "leave the house or even open the curtains.”
He exclusively told The Sun: "I don’t want to sound ‘woe is me’, and as I’ve said the whole thing was a terrible tragedy — devastating for Steve Dymond’s friends and family, of course, and for the many people who worked on the show.
“But it did hit me hard. And it’s been awful to feel so scapegoated, and without being able to have my say about the accusations that often seemed to be levelled only at me."
His show was axed after 17 series shortly before the episode featuring Dymond was set to air, seeing him spiral into depression and turn to anxiety medication to cope.
As the inquest remains ongoing, Kyle is unable to discuss the case in detail – but said: "When the time is right and it is appropriate to do so, I will have my say."
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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