A guest who was humiliated on a program known as the British “Jerry Springer Show” died from a suspected suicide after he failed a lie detector test on air, according to a report.
Steven Dymond, 63, was found dead May 9 at a Hampshire, England, home following his appearance on “The Jeremy Kyle Show,” The Sun reported.
Dymond filmed the ITV show May 2 to convince his fiancée, Jane Callaghan, that he was faithful, but a lie detector test revealed otherwise.
While he continued to deny the cheating allegations, the couple split after the episode wrapped, according to The Sun.
Shortly before his death, Dymond reportedly texted his ex-fiancée a series of desperate pleas.
“I can’t live without you. I just wanted to come and see you,” Dymond allegedly wrote. “I just wanted to say sorry before I go. My life is not worth living without you.”
Though he died from a drug overdose, Dymond’s loved ones believe his death was intentional, The Sun reported. The coroner’s office hasn’t released an official cause of death.
Before he was found dead, Dymond confided in his landlord his plans to take his own life.
“He told me that he had wanted to kill himself when he was being driven back to Portsmouth by a taxi that the show had booked,” the landlord, identified as Shelley, told the Daily Mail. “He said he thought about overdosing on his medication and throwing himself out of the moving car.”
When he returned, he spent days in his room “obsessed with the lie detector test,” according to the landlord. She later discovered him unconscious in his bedroom.
“I really believe it was the show that tipped him over the edge,” she said.
In the wake of his death, the network pulled “The Jeremy Kyle Show” from the air, according to the BBC.
“Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show,’” the statement from ITV said. “‘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.”