It was all very abrupt and there wasn’t much that was actually known other than the fact the show had been suspended indefinitely.
Now, though, it’s been revealed that the person who died is 62-year-old grandfather Steve Dymond, who had taken a lie detector test on the show to convince his fiancée, Jane Callaghan, that he had remained faithful to her.
However, the pair split shortly after he failed the test, with digger driver Steven said to be ‘feeling suicidal’ and ‘in tears’ after the separation. Now it’s been claimed by his landlady, known as Shelley, that he was found in his bedroom on Thursday following a suspected suicide.
Reports say he was found at his home, ten days after filming the episode, and is believed to have died from an overdose of morphine, which was prescribed to him for arthritis.
ITV released the following statement as soon as the news was announced:
“Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.
“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.
“Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.”
According to The Daily Mail, Dymond, from Portsmouth, had reconnected with his son in the days leading up to his death, where he learned he was a grandfather. That was after Shelley claimed he returned from filming the show ‘sobbing and distraught’ on May 2nd.
It has also been reported that Steve sent messages to his fiancée in the days before his death saying: ‘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.’
Friend Michael Bradley claimed Steve had told his landlady he was feeling suicidal after the show.
He said: “He told her, ‘I’ve had enough, I’m going to kill myself.’ He failed the lie detector test but was adamant he hadn’t done anything wrong, saying, ‘I’ll come up with flying colours, I’ve never cheated on her.’
“He got made out to be wrong but he wasn’t. Those lie detector tests aren’t 100%.
Furthermore, Steve’s fiancée Jane told The Sun how he had wanted to appear on the show despite underlying health issues.
“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”, she said.
“I know we split up a week ago but we were together for two years. He was still my fiancé. I still loved him. As much as he was a pig to me I still loved him.
We got engaged Christmas Day 2017. He was crying, the love was real. He was the most generous and loving person. He was quietly struggling, and we didn’t know at the time. He cheated on me, I know he did. I can’t forgive but I just want him to be alive.”
ITV has now wiped all episodes of the programme from its on-demand service the ITV Hub, and episodes will not air on ITV2.
Are thoughts are with Steve and his family at this sad time.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.