22 May 19
The Scottish Sun
A JEREMY Kyle guest’s cause of death is due to be revealed today as an inquest opens just weeks after he appeared on the show.
Steven Dymond, 63, is believed to have died from a fatal overdose after failing a love-cheat lie detector test – with pals fearing he took his own life.
Steven Dymond, 63, was found dead ten days after appearing on the Jeremy Kyle Show
ITV axed the Jeremy Kyle Show in the wake of the tragedy, with the broadcaster now asking for more time to investigate.
Steven had split with his fiancée Jane Callaghan after the cheating claims were aired on the popular daytime chat show and he was found dead on May 9.
An inquest is due to open today into his death at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court with an official cause of death set to be revealed.
Kyle, on a £2million-a-year ITV contract, spoke out over Steven’s death, saying: “Myself and the production team are utterly devastated.”
His ex-fiancée Jane claims that Steve was determined to go in front of the cameras despite having underlying health concerns.
She also said the digger driver got a doctor’s letter confirming he was medically fit so he could take the show’s test and convince her he had not been unfaithful.
But Steven was discovered dead by his landlady just ten days after appearing on the show.
He had sent a tragic final text to Jane saying he “couldn’t live without her”.
Friends described his appearance on the show as the “last straw” in his turbulent personal life.
Since his death, Dymond’s estranged wife Dianne Healing has come forward to claim that Steve killed himself because he was scared of being exposed as a paedophile.
She married him in 2004 after he drove past her and asked her out on a date but they split four months later after he was arrested over allegations he was a paedophile.
The 48-year-old claimed Dymond, who was questioned by police but not charged with any offence, may have “preyed” on victims.
She said: “He’s being treated as a martyr but I want people to know what he was really like. He’s actually a paedophile.
“Seeing all the coverage has brought back the trauma. Seeing how people feel sorry for him, it’s soul-destroying.
“It was disgusting and vile what he did and he was a prolific liar. The people feeling sympathy have no idea what he was like.
“There was lie after lie after lie.
“I think he took advantage of me because he was 15 years older than me when I met him.”
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In the wake of Steven’s death, other guests have come forward to raise concerns over the lack of after care guests received since appearing on the show.
Among them, pregnant mum Dawne Mair revealed how she was “intimidate” by the host after being labelled a “liar” in front of cameras.
A decorated veteran with PTSD also claimed he nearly killed himself after being branded a “disgrace” on the show.
ITV has been accused of hypocrisy as viewers pointed out that they were still preparing to launch the new series of Love Island as planned despite two former Islanders taking their own life in the past year.
Producers for the ITV2 dating show have vowed to offer the stars and their families more welfare support after the death of Mike Thalassitis in March and Sophie Gradon last summer.
Sophie’s own mother hit out at the Jeremy Kyle Show in the wake of Steven’s death, saying: “Exploiting the susceptible, using someone unfairly for your own advantage, imposing on their vulnerability.
“This sickens me to the pit of my stomach.”
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The Jeremy Kyle Show has been running on ITV since July 2005 with 16 seasons airing on a daytime schedule.
It often leads viewers divided with some questioning whether Jeremy Kyle helps his guests or subjects them to ridicule.
The presenter signed a new three-year contract with ITV worth a reported £2million a year in 2014, making him one of the country’s highest-earning daytime hosts.
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Steve Dymond was found dead by his landlady in his bedsit
Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond died after appearing on air with girlfriend Jane Callaghan
The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed after the guest’s death
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