Jeremy Kyle will be called to give evidence at inquest into death of guest Steve Dymond

A coroner has confirmed Jeremy Kyle will be called to give evidence at the inquest into death of Steve Dymond, who died a week after appearing on the star’s ITV show last year (Image: ITV, Facebook)

Jeremy Kyle will be called to give evidence at the inquest into the death of show guest Steve Dymond.

Construction worker Mr Dymond, 63, was found dead at his home in Portsmouth last year, a week after filming his appearance on The Jeremy Kyle show.

At a previous pre-inquest hearing, it was revealed he died from a morphine overdose.

The inquest opened today in Winchester and Coroner Jason Pegg ruled the presenter's actions may have "caused or contributed" to Mr Dymond's passing.

He went on to confirm Kyle will be called to give evidence to the inquest as a witness.

The coroner said Mr Dymond "did report to others that he was caused distress by his treatment by the show" and it "played out" into the following week leading up to his death."

He added: "To not deal with it would be ludicrous."

(Image: ITV)

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During his appearance on The Jeremy Kyle Show, Mr Dymond took a lie detector test in the hope it would convince his Jane Callaghan, 48, he had not cheated on her.

When it showed he was lying he collapsed sobbing to the studio floor and after filming finished told a researcher he was "really upset" and "life's nothing without Jane".

The coroner said he will not examine the reliability of the show's lie detector test as its reliability is not an issue in Mr Dymond's death.

However, he concluded Mr Dymond's reaction to the result is relevant.

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, representing Mr Dymond's family has demanded ITV hand over all footage of Mr Dymond's appearance.

The episode was never aired and The Jeremy Kyle Show was later cancelled by ITV.

Steve Dymond, pictured, died last year a week after filming an appearance on The Jeremy Kyle Show
(Image: Facebook)

The inquest heard previously Mr Dymond went on the show despite a doctor ruling he had a "concrete plan" to kill himself.

Six weeks before he appeared he was referred to an acute mental health team by his GP who judged he had "recurrent' suicidal thoughts and there was a "real and immediate risk" to his life.

He had twice previously taken overdoses and medics ruled he had a "borderline personality disorder" following the break-up of his relationship with fiancee Jane Callaghan, 48.

But he still made it on to The Jeremy Kyle Show where he took a lie detector test in the hope it would convince Jane he had not cheated on her.

The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled by ITV
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When it showed he was lying he collapsed sobbing to the studio floor and after filming finished told a researcher he was "really upset" and "life's nothing without Jane".

Ms Gallagher claimed the show failed to adequately safeguard "vulnerable" Steve and "public confidence" had been rocked by the scandal.

"Mr Dymond was extremely distressed by his experience at The Jeremy Kyle Show, a programme which has been described by a judge when sentencing a former contestant as "human bear-baiting",'' she said.

"Following his death the show was axed and widespread concerns were raised regarding the format of the show, its selection and treatment of participants, and aftercare.''

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