JEREMY Kyle “suicide” victim Steve Dymond’s funeral only had five mourners turn up as he was laid to rest in a private pauper’s funeral arranged by the local council.
Tearful ex-fiance Jane Callaghan attended and laid a single rose on his coffin while crying throughout the short service.
The 48-year-old said after the funeral: “Today has been a very sad day.
“It was only the five of us who turned up and that’s pretty upsetting, because he wasn’t so bad that it warranted nobody turning up to say goodbye.
“We all gave him a single rose to be buried with – I played one of my songs to him and talked to him before we left.”
She attended the graveside service, led by Canon Bob White, vicar of St Mary’s Church, with with her two daughters, and two others.
Jane, who lives in Gosport, Hants, and the mourners were seen comforting each other after paying their respects when the undertakers left the proceedings.
Six undertakers wearing all black carried the brown coffin to the grave, before Mr White presided over the funeral and addressed the service for one minute.
White lilies, which are commonly associated with funeral services, rested on top of the coffin.
Wearing a black leather jacket, black skinny jeans and black heels, she was brought to tears when she looked at Steve’s coffin for the first time.
Her daughters were wearing blue skinny jeans and black jackets.
‘I WILL NEVER FORGET STEVE’
Jane paid tribute to Steve and said she would be having a glass of whisky today to toast his life.
She said: “We’re toasting his life together and having a drink of Jack Daniels Honey whisky together, which was his favourite drink.
“After it’s all settled down I am going to move on – but I will never forget Steve.”
Steve’s ex-fiance said “no one else came forward” to arrange his funeral, which prompted the Portsmouth City Council to step in.
Pauper’s funerals are basic and non-expensive services paid for by the deceased’s local council.
Portsmouth City Council declined to comment about the funeral today.
‘NO ONE ELSE CAME FORWARD’
The 48-year-old had said she got a call about the graveside service, The Mirror reported.
Steve, from Portsmouth, appeared on the show to try and convince Jane that he hadn’t been unfaithful.
She added he got a doctor’s letter confirming he was medically fit so he could take the show’s test and convince her he had not been unfaithful.
Their segment was filmed on Thursday, May 2 and Jane last saw him four days later.
The couple split after he failed the lie detector test as friends feared Steve took his own life.
He was found dead by his landlady 10 days after appearing on the show.
It is thought he died of an overdose of medication prescribed for his painful arthritis.
Jane said she was sent the notes found at his bedside by police.
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Just before his death Steve texted Jane to say he could not face life without her.
In desperate messages he wrote: “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.”
Jane, who said Steve had been diagnosed with depression, told Sun Online: “He wanted to go on. He was really excited and confident. But it was all a front and I knew it. He wasn’t well at all.”
She told The Mirror: “I just got a phone call from the council to say they had arranged the funeral themselves because no one else had come forward.
“I will go with my daughter because I don’t want to regret it later but I still have very mixed feelings about it.
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“I’m still all over the place. I was told there’s only a couple of people who asked to be kept informed of the funeral. It’s sad it has ended like this.”
An inquest opened last month into Steve’s death and Detective Sergeant Marcus Mills, of Hampshire Police, told the hearing that the death was a suspected suicide.
The inquest regarding Steve’s death was adjourned until November 21.
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If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.