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Tabloid talk show host sued after guest suicide

On Behalf of | May 29, 2019 | Wrongful Death |

For many decades now, tabloid talk shows have been on American television networks. Even if someone in Kentucky may not have watched one of these shows, most people are aware of the basic premise on which they are founded. Each show has its own unique twist but all in some fashion highlight what are usually painful or unpleasant areas of the lives of their guests. This approach to entertainment can be controversial and, for one family, has allegedly contributed to the death of their loved one.

In the spring of last year, a man from Kentucky appeared on one of the tabloid shows that airs on the network NBC according to a report by the New York Daily News. While on the show, he learned that the woman he had planned to marry had quite opposite plans. Not only had she already sold the ring he proposed to her with but she was apparently involved in a romantic relationship with a close friend of the man. 

Less than one month after the show ran on the air, the man committed suicide. His family states that the emotional turmoil he experienced while on and after the show forced him to take his own life. It is not known how far in advance of the air date the show was taped.

The family has initiated a wrongful death lawsuit against the network, the talk show host and the former fiancée. No details about the damages sought have been released at this time.