Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond died of a morphine overdose and a heart problem in 'suspected suicide'
JEREMY Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond died of a morphine overdose and a heart problem in a suspected suicide, a pre-inquest review heard today.
The 63-year-old construction worker had appeared on the show to convince his fiancée Jane Callaghan that he hadn't been unfaithful but failed a lie detector test.
Ten days later, Mr Dymond was found dead at his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Hampshire Coroner Jason Pegg told Friday's hearing that the cause of Mr Dymond's death was a morphine overdose and left ventricular hypertrophy, which is when the left chamber of the heart is not pumping properly.
But Mr Pegg, who held the hearing via video-link, was forced to abandon the hearing because of technical difficulties.
Media and members of the public, including Ms Callaghan, 48, and Mr Dymond's cousin, Gerald Brierley, were unable to hear the proceedings, which were being relayed by telephone.
Mr Pegg said: "It's inappropriate to continue. It is necessary for the pre-inquest review to be heard in public and, when people dialling in cannot hear proceedings in full, it's not a public hearing."
It had been expected that the hearing would organise a date and scope for the full inquest but instead the case was adjourned for a further review hearing on October 29 or 30.
The hearing had been attended by counsel for Mr Dymond's family, ITV, Southern Health and Mr Dymond's GP.
Mr Pegg added: "I appreciate it's caused distress to the family but, sadly, when we embarked on this pre-inquest review it was hoped it would be effective, but sadly it wasn't."
Detective Sergeant Marcus Mills, of Hampshire Police, told a previous inquest hearing that the death was a suspected suicide.
After the tragic death, the Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled.
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It came amid growing scrutiny of the duty of care that reality TV shows have to participants following the death of Mr Dymond and former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
Media watchdog Ofcom is currently revising and expanding a proposed set of rules to protect the welfare of participants on TV and radio shows.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced at the time: “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.
“Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."
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