Jeremy Kyle "may have caused" death of Steve Dymond

Steve Dymond died in 2019 after taking part on The Jeremy Kyle Show

Jeremy Kyle "may have caused or contributed" to the death of a former guest on his show a coroner has said.

Steve Dymond died a week after participating on the show last year of a morphine overdose and a heart problem.

Mr Dymond participated to prove to his fiance of his fidelity but failed a lie detector test.

Seven days after and Mr Dymond was found dead in his rented room in a suspected suicide.

Following his death, ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show in May 2019.

A statement at the time read: "Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

"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."

As part of a pre-inquest review in Winchester today, Hampshire coroner Jason Pegg stated that Jeremy Kyle "may have caused or contributed to the death of Stephen Dymond".

He said: It might seem ludicrous not to have Mr Kyle to give evidence to give his take on the situation.

As per Sky News, representing the family of Mr Dymond, Ms Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC said Mr Dymond had gone on the show to "prove his fidelity".

Once the lie detector result was announced Ms Gallagher says the audience "booed and jeered" the deceased with Jeremy Kyle calling him a failure.

As reported by BBC News, Mr Dymond's state of mind was known to the crew of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

A message sent to a WhatsApp group at the time reads: "Just so you know, he's still crying, he has just said he wishes he was dead. Just giving you the heads up."

Coroner Mr Pegg added: "What was in his [Mr Dymond's] mind, it seems to me, what happened on the show and how he was treated was relevant to how he came by his death."