A TV producer on The Jeremy Kyle Show hanged herself after she struggled to find work when the programme was axed following a guest’s suicide, an inquest heard today.
Natasha Reddican, 31, downed wine and whiskey after a scheduled job interview was cancelled – before taking her own life at her Greater Manchester home.
The tragedy happened just nine months after the programme was taken off air following the suicide of guest Steve Dymond.
Ms Reddican, who had worked on the show for six years, was found by her boyfriend when he returned from work on February 27.
Her mother, Laraine Law, told an inquest in Bolton today that her daughter's job was "everything to her".
She said: "For that to be taken from her in such a sudden and unexpected way, she became down and depressed.
"I think it really knocked her."
She said Ms Reddican, known to family and friends as Tash, had an "amazing, bubbly personality" but she added: "Sometimes when she was a bit down or a bit low she would drink.
"Then you see that vulnerable side."
Boyfriend Mackenzie Hanafan, who worked with her on the daytime show, said: "Tash worked so hard to get the job and did it very well and had the respect of all of her colleagues."
He said the circumstances of the programme being taken off air was "something that weighed on her mind a lot".
He said: "The way everything played out, it was not a short period, it was dragged out over the year.
"It did weigh on her a lot."
Annaliese Edwards, a co-worker of Mr Hanafan at the time of Ms Reddican's death, told the inquest her ex-husband had also worked on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
She said that although support was offered by ITV in the redundancy process it was "not enough for some people" and said: "I think some people struggled with the shame of what happened."
Concluding Ms Reddican's death was suicide, Timothy Brennand, the senior coroner for Manchester West, said it was a "tragic and harrowing case" involving a young woman with "such impressive potential".
He said: "She was a local girl made good with a high work ethic who worked her way up from a modest post to become a producer on a well-known television production."
He said the reasons for the interview not taking place as planned remained unclear but it was through no fault of Ms Reddican.
Mr Brennand said the motivations for her actions appeared "multi-faceted" – but noted that after losing her job she "seemed to have been regarded as something of a pariah in the industry".
Kyle spoke of his devastation at the time of Natasha's death.
A statement from the presenter said: "I can scarcely believe this tragic news.
"Tash was such a talented producer, and an extremely important and popular part of our team.
"Of course my first thoughts are for her family and friends – my heart goes out to them at this impossibly sad and difficult time."
Natasha had worked on the Kyle show booking guests and helping with the running of the show for eight years.
She was made redundant along with others on the show in the wake of the row over the suicide of Mr Dymond, who died of a drug overdose after failing a love cheat lie detector test on the show last year.
A pre-inquest review in August heard he died a morphine overdose and a heart problem in a suspected suicide.
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TV sources insisted Natasha had played no part in booking Steve but had since left the programme.
A pal paid tribute to Natasha, saying: "I never thought I would ever have to write something like this.
"We were best friends, distant friends, didn't b***** talk to each other for a while friends.
"But never did I see the day I would ever have to write a goodbye to you so early in your life.
"From day one on Jezza K we clicked, my wifey – Valentine's Day cards to each other every year, our Prezzo lunches on a Monday and the pure banter we would have was brilliant.
"I remember we drank all the booze in your house one time and then made the decision to walk to the garage at an ungodly hour to get more, singing Bon Jovi's 'Living on a Prayer' at the top of our voices on the way there and back.
"We made each other laugh, we made each other cry, we absolutely p***** each other off. And even when we didn't talk I was so glad to see you were happy."
Her death came after Steve appeared on the show to convince his fiancée Jane Callaghan that he hadn’t been unfaithful.
But they split after he failed the test.
Jane, who said Steve had been diagnosed with depression, added: “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.”
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