JEREMY Kyle Show "suicide" victim Steve Dymond is set to be buried at a pauper's funeral arranged by the local council today.
Dymond, who failed a love-cheat lie detector test and died of a drug overdose days later, will be buried in front of only a handful of mourners after he cut ties with his family before he died.
Steve's ex-fiancee Jane Callaghan said "no one else came forward" to arrange his funeral, prompting an environmental health officer to step in.
Jane, 48, got a call about the grave-side service, which will take place at a cemetery in Portsmouth today, reported The Mirror.
He had appeared on the show to convince his fiance 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-fiance 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.
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Steve, from Portsmouth claimed he'd applied for the show 300 times, to prove to girlfriend Jane Callaghan that he hadn't cheated on her.
But Steve was found dead by his landlady ten days after appearing on the show. He is thought to have died of an overdose of medication prescribed for his painful arthritis.
Steve left three suicide notes before his death – none of which blame the programme for his tragic overdose.
Jane said that she was sent the notes that were found at his bedside by cops.
Just before his death Steve texted Jane to say he could not face life without her. In desperate messages he wrote: "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."
Jane, who said Steve had been diagnosed with depression, told Sun Online: “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 told The Mirror: “I just got a phone call from the council to say they had arranged the funeral themselves because no one else had come forward.
“I will go with my daughter because I don’t want to regret it later but I still have very mixed feelings about it
“I’m still all over the place. I was told there’s only a couple of people who asked to be kept informed of the funeral. It’s sad it has ended like this.”
The Jeremy Kyle Show has since been cancelled after ITV decided to permanently axe it.
The inquest regarding Steve's death was adjourned until November 21.
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