Coroner rules Jeremy Kyle show producer who was made redundant took her own life

A television producer who was made redundant from The Jeremy Kyle Show took her own life, a coroner has ruled.

Natasha Reddican struggled to find work after the popular ITV series was axed in June 2019 following the death of one if its guests Steve Dymond.

Ms Reddican had spent months applying for other jobs without success, and her loved ones said she suffered with depression.

Despite having a job interview arranged on February 27, she was tragically found hanged in her Pendleton home later that day.

It is unclear why that interview didn't take place.

Her mother Laraine Law said she knew her daughter was "low", but said: "I never thought she was that low."

The Manchester Evening News reports that an inquest into Ms Reddican's death was held at Bolton Coroners' Court on Thursday, December 17.

Coroner Timothy Brennand heard Ms Reddican – described as "bright and clever" – worked on The Jeremy Kyle show for eight years.

The inquest heard how losing her job "knocked" Ms Reddican and led to the breakdown of the "family unit" she had built with her colleagues.

Ms Law said: "It was not just her job, it was her family. She just loved working.

"She was very strong in some ways, but there was a vulnerable side when certain things happened.

"When she was made redundant it really knocked her. It didn’t make her feel worthwhile."

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She continued: "Natasha would drink if she was a bit down or low and that’s when we would see that vulnerable side.

"She lost her job and I knew she was low about that. She had a few bits of TV work after that and was applying for teaching jobs and other things. I never thought she was that low."

Ms Reddican's boyfriend Mackenzie Hanifan found her dead on February 27 and desperately performed CPR, but sadly she was pronounced dead by paramedics around 30 minutes later.

Speaking about her losing her job, Mr Hanifan said: "When the show was axed, it was something that weighed on her mind because she was heavily involved in the show as a producer.

"She never wanted not to be able to stand on her own two feet."

Dr M Bashir, pathologist at Salford Royal Hospital, said Ms Reddican, who overdosed on painkillers in 2018, had consumed a significant amount of alcohol before her death.

Police discovered spirits and wine near her body, the court heard.

A mobile phone, makeup and laptop were among the items found on her bed.

Mr Brennand said: "The deceased had a history which included an intentional overdose in August 2018.

"This is a tragic and harrowing case. Tragic for the mother, step-father, family, friends and all whom knew her.

"To have lost a young woman at the age of 31 in the prime of her life.

"Harrowing because of her sudden and unpredicted death. Natasha was someone who was looking forward to the possibility of a job offer.

"For reasons that remain unclear, that was an interview that did not take place."

He added: "When it became clear that interview was not going to take place, that’s when she began to drink. She had consumed a significant amount of alcohol.

"The degree of preparation was deliberate. This was not a cry for help. Her phone was well beyond her reach in her bedroom.

"She was at her home address at a time when no one else was expected to be home."

Mr Brennand told Ms Reddican's loved ones: "For your loss, I am truly sorry."

He recorded a conclusion of suicide.

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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