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Presenter Jeremy Kyle may have contributed or caused the death of one of the contestants on his eponymous daytime show, a coroner has said.
Steve Dymond died of a morphine overdose and heart problem at his home in Portsmouth, after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show and taking a lie detector test.
Following this tragedy in 2019, the ITV series was axed. The claim that Jeremy may have contributed to the event was made at a pre-inquest review into his death.
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Hampshire Coroner Jason Pegg explained that he had to decide whether the TV host was an "interested person" under the coroner’s rules.
He went on to reveal that this means “really, on the face of the papers, that potentially an act or omission on behalf of Jeremy Kyle may have caused or contributed to the death of Steve Dymond.”
He added: “That is why today we have additional counsel, Mr Sheldon QC, on behalf of Mr Kyle.”
Mr Sheldon QC has joined the legal representatives at the review in order to represent 55-year-old Jeremy.
Mr Dymond was found dead at his home on 9 May 2019, after having taking his own life, days after taking a lie detector test.
He went on the show to prove he has not been cheating on his ex-partner Jane Callaghan, according to his landlady.
Following his appearance on the show, Mr Dymond said he was nervous of the repercussions.
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Detective Sergeant Marcus Mill has revealed to a previous inquest hearing that his death was a suspected suicide.
Whereas, Coroner Pegg, at a previous hearing, told that the cause of Mr Dymond’s death was a morphine overdose and left ventricular hypertrophy. The latter meaning that his heart was not pumping correctly.
Earlier this year it was revealed that Jeremy was planning a television comeback. The host’s representative took to Twitter back in February to share a snap of the star, telling followers to “watch this space”.
Alongside a photo of the star, his new manager Claire Powell wrote: "So pleased to welcome the very talented and very real … Jeremy Kyle exclusively to @the_can_group For 14 years, Jeremy Kyle dominated Daytime TV with his hugely successful eponymous talk show.
"He’s also proved a hit in prime time, fronting five successful series of his investigative current affairs brand, The Kyle Files.. Jeremy’s runaway UK success was the catalyst for two syndicated US series as well as stints presenting two other ITV juggernauts, This Morning and Good Morning Britain.
"Jeremy first came to prominence as a Sony Award-winning radio host who changed the game at BRMB, Virgin Radio, Capital FM, talkSPORT and talkRADIO. Known for his honest, engaging opinions, Jeremy has also authored numerous columns for The Sun and a bestselling book for Hodder & Stoughton.
"A committed father and family man, he’s also a cancer survivor who has miraculously just welcomed a new son (and grandson!) into the world.’
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