A producer who worked on controversial UK talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show that was axed after a guest took their own life nine months ago has been found dead.
Natasha Reddican, 31, was discovered at her boyfriend’s home in Manchester, in the UK, on Thursday (local time), The Sun reported. It is suspected that she took her own life.
Police reportedly worked to resuscitate her, but their attempts were unsuccessful.
The ITV show’s host Jeremy Kyle, who worked alongside Ms Reddican for eight years, described her as a “talented producer and an extremely important and popular part of our team” in a statement released to The Sun.
“Of course my first thoughts are for her family and friends – my heart goes out to them at this impossibly sad and difficult time.”
Ms Reddican was among many others who were made redundant when the show was cancelled following the death of 63-year-old Steve Dymond in May.
He died days after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show, where he failed a lie-detector test which he initially took with the intention of proving to his fiancée that he had not been unfaithful to her.
Sources insisted Ms Reddican had no role in the booking of Mr Dymond.
Following the tragedy in May, a statement from the UK television network said she, along with all former employees of the show, had been “offered support and counselling by ITV during the redundancy process and help in securing new employment”.
The network said a counsellor was on-site throughout the process and counselling was available through its Employer Assistance Programme.
Ms Reddican began working on the show as a researcher and worked her way up to a producer role, according to her friends.
After leaving the show, she reportedly picked up part-time work.
A day after her death, a comeback was revealed for Jeremy Kyle in an Instagram post from his management, The CAN Group.
“We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Kyle has now signed exclusively to The CAN Group,” part of the post read.
“Jeremy Kyle will be back soon to have his say: watch this space.”
Just two weeks ago British TV personality Caroline Flack, who presented ITV’s Love Island UK, took her own life.
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