Tragic life of Jeremy Kyle drug addict who lived in squalor and conned family

When drug addict Kristie Bishop appeared back on the Jeremy Kyle show after a 12 week rehab stint nobody could believe their eyes.

Gone was the skeletal woman whose body had been ravaged by a 15 year heroin and crack addiction and who weeks earlier Jeremy had said it was a "miracle she was still alive".

In her place stood a happy and proud woman who had confronted her demons.

The studio audience were stunned, viewers were left shocked, and Jeremy Kyle gasped: "Oh my god, it's like a new person."

The ITV host had come to the rescue after Kristie's mum had begged him to help save her daughter.

After some tough love from Jeremy Kristie entered rehab and now she was proudly showing off the results of her determination and hard work to get clean.

But in March – just over a year later – Kristie was found collapsed in her home with a syringe nearby.

She was rushed to hospital but died the following day due to multi-organ failure.

A coroner recorded Kristie died from a "drug-related" death.

Nobody knows what happened in the 12 months that followed Kristie's amazing transformation on The Jeremy Kyle Show but opiates and cocaine were found in her system.

An inquest into her death heard how Kristie had been lying alone on the floor of her home in Luton for 12 hours and as a result the muscles in her body started to die and break down, flooding the body with toxins.

Coroner Dr Sean Cummings told Ampthill Coroner’s Court: "Kristie was found collapsed and had been in that position for a prolonged period.

"As a result of that, the doctor told me she had a condition called rhabdomyolysis – where the muscles die and break down.

"It floods the body with toxins… the collapse was started with drug use.

"The muscle breakdown put a great deal of strain on her other organs, her heart and particularly her kidneys."

Kristie's first appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show in January 2018 after her mum Dominique begged Jezza for help telling him: "We're so desperate because she's going to die."

Kristie's mum sobbed as she saw inside her daughter's filthy 'death trap' flat with no electricity or hot water and littered with syringes with mouldy bowls of cereal spilling over the side of the table.

Dominique told Jeremy: “She was such a lovely, lovely girl up until her teenage years when she started taking drugs.

“I’m disgusted and ashamed of the way she has been behaving.”

Dominique said she only became aware of her daughter's addiction while they were on holiday in Portugal after her crack dealer prevented her from leaving by taking her passport away.

During the harrowing episode, Kristie detailed the horrific events which had led her to that point.

At her lowest, she admitted to tricking her own family out of money, as well as stealing cash from strangers, sleeping in car parks and stopping eating properly in order to fund her dangerous drug habit.

Kristie, originally from Melton Mowbray, openly admitted how she tricked people out of money in a video showed on the ITV programme.

She said in the clip: "I pay for my drugs by approaching people in the street and begging.

"I tell them I'm stranded and I make up a story – yesterday I made £280 doing this.

"After I've scored my drugs I go somewhere to inject them into my groin.

"I've lost everything to drugs, physically, mentally and emotionally.

"I haven't got anything else to give."

Kristie's family confronted her on the show, begging her to change in the emotional television episode and with Jeremy's help she agreed to go on a 12-week residential rehab course.

Kristie came back on Jeremy Kyle in February 2019, and she looked completely different.

She stunned viewers with her transformation as she showed off her new drug-free image before revealing how her life had changed for the better.

Kristie said: "I'm not going to say it was easy because there has been a lot of things I've had to face up to.

"My behaviour was appalling. I was heavily addicted and I didn't have a way out until I came on this show."

Kristie explained what it was like in rehab, saying: "My first night in rehab was really difficult because I had to go through a withdrawal process, so I had to go as long as possible through a detox before I could be stable on my medication.

"I know at one point I didn't feel very positive and I was really poorly, but now I've stabilised and on my medication it's a totally different story."

In high spirits she concluded her experience: "It's been tough, but my head's in the right place, I'm in the right place and I've got a really good support network."

Despite Kristie's amazing transformation after rehab, her drug demons returned and contributed to her death earlier this year.

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