Steven Dymond, 62, was reportedly left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
One week later, the digger operator was found dead in the bedroom of his Hampshire home.
On May 2, the grandfather appeared on the show alongside his on-off girlfriend Jane Callaghan.
As part of the reality show, he took a lie detector test in a bid to prove that he hadn’t cheated on his partner.
When the lie detector test failed, he was reportedly left feeling “humiliated and traumatised”.
In the days that followed, Jane allegedly received a number of concerning texts from her former partner.
She told The Sun: “He also kept texting me, leaving voicemails. In one text, he said, ‘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’.”
Mr Dymond’s landlady told the Daily Mail that he was “sobbing and distraught” after he returned from filming the ITV show.
The landlady, who wishes to be known as Shelley, said: “I really believe it was the show that tipped him over the edge.”
Speaking about his return to their shared home, she continued: “He was sobbing, he said, ‘it’s all gone wrong,’ and said he had failed the lie detector.
“He was distraught and devastated. He was traumatised. Steve said it got quite nasty on the show.”
Shelley, 55, also claimed that Mr Dymond had expressed suicidal thoughts in the hours after filming had ended.
She said: “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.
“He said he thought about overdosing on his medication and throwing himself out of the moving car. He was just a mess and he was just humiliated.”
On May 9, his body was found in the bedroom of his home.
Mr Dymond had reportedly reconnected with his estranged son in the days following the filming of the show.
He learnt that he had become a grandfather, though he did not have the opportunity to meet his new grandchild before his death.
Shelley spoke about Mr Dymond’s motivation to go on the show, saying: “He genuinely thought he was going to get some counselling and some therapy from the show.
“‘His words were, ‘They will help us and they have got the best teams in the country. They have got all the best counsellors’.”
Before adding: “He was naïve and really thought that.”
The show claims to offer aftercare to each participant, including mental health nurses, counsellors and therapists on call to support them after their television appearance.
ITV have postponed broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show, and have removed all episodes of the show from its on-demand service the ITV hub.
A spokesman for ITV said: “Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.
“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.”
They continued: “Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.”
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