TV presenter Jeremy Kyle “may have caused or contributed” to the death of show guest Steve Dymond, who is believed to have committed suicide after failing a lie detector test on the show, based on a pre-investigation review.
The preliminary hearing takes place in the death of the 63-year-old man, who died of a morphine overdose and heart problem at his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, seven days after filming The Jeremy Kyle Show of the Year last.
He took a lie detector test on the program to show if he had cheated on his ex-fiancée Jane Callaghan, of Gosport.
Coroner Jason Pegg said he made Mr Kyle an “interested person” for the inquest, saying the anchor was someone “who may have caused or contributed to the death of Stephen Dymond”.
He added: “It may seem silly not to have Mr. Kyle testify to give his opinion on the situation.”
Mr Dymond’s family lawyer, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, told the Winchester hearing that Mr Dymond had become “in distress” after failing the lie detector test.
She said Mr. Dymond went on the show to “prove his loyalty,” and said, “I pushed and pushed but it all went wrong.”
Ms Gallagher said that after the result was announced during filming, the audience “booed and taunted” him and he was “called a failure by the presenter”.
She said Mr. Kyle was “in his face” and even when he was “about to collapse he was still heckled”.
She said Mr Dymond had sought to exit through a side door but found it locked, and added: “He couldn’t escape the heckling. He was on his knees because he thought he was going to pass out. because of stress. “
Ms Gallagher said her state of mind was known to the show’s team, with a message sent to a WhatsApp group stating: ‘Just so you know he’s still crying, he just said he wish he was dead. I’m just giving it to you with your head held high. “
Ms Gallagher added: “While still on the program, within minutes he was speaking of wishing him dead.”
She said Mr Dymond called his brother as he was being taken home by taxi from the living room.
In a statement read to the hearing, Leslie Dymond said: “He looked completely broken and scared and told me he couldn’t go on living.”
The hearing was told that Mr Dymond was initially refused to appear on the show but was accepted as a guest after receiving a letter from his doctor.
The inquest learned he was receiving mental health care from the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Dymond’s death in May 2019 was caused by an overdose of morphine and left ventricular hypertrophy, which occurs when the left chamber of the heart does not pump properly, according to the investigation.
The hearing continues.