TODAY is the funeral of Steve Dymond, a Jeremy Kyle Show guest who allegedly took his own life after appearing on the ITV programme – resulting in the show's chop.
But what actually happened? Here’s what we know.
Who was Steve Dymond?
Steve Dymond, 63, is believed to have taken a drug overdose just days after he appeared on the daytime ITV programme – The Jeremy Kyle Show.
On the programme Dymond was shown to have failed a love-cheat lie detector test despite his claims.
He had appeared on the show to convince his fiancée Jane Callaghan that he hadn't been unfaithful.
But they split after he failed the test and now his friends fear Steve took his own life.
His ex-fiancée Jane claims that Steve was determined to go in front of the cameras despite having underlying health concerns.
She even revealed that 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.
Jane, who said Steve had been diagnosed with depression, added: “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.”
Steve was found dead by his landlady just ten days after appearing on the show.
He is thought to have died of an overdose.
Just before Steve died he had texted fiancée Jane to say he couldn't live life without her.
In desperate messages he wrote "I can’t live without you. My life is not worth living without you."
Dymond first split from his fiancée Jane in February 2019, after she accused him of cheating on her. He then went on the show to try to prove her wrong.
Friends described his appearance on the show as the “last straw” in his turbulent personal life.
Pals claimed that the series of events leading up to The Jeremy Kyle Show were the reason Steve was found dead by the landlady of his rented room in Portsmouth.
He had taken a deadly quantity of tablets and it is thought he had been dead for a number of days.
However 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 – they met when he drove past her and asked her for a date. But they split up 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.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
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- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
“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.”
She claimed police said they would not have enough evidence to charge him when they released him following his arrest.
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