Family of ‘severely anguished’ man who killed himself after being humiliated on Jerry Springer launch wrongful death lawsuit

JERRY Springer is being sued by the family of a man who shot himself after being humiliated on the show.

Blake Alvey, from Louisville in Kentucky, appeared on the talk show on May 25 last year, where he was confronted by his then-fiancé Cassie Rutter.

During the episode she told Alvey she had been having an affair with his friend, was ending their engagement and had sold the ring.

In a lawsuit filed against Springer and producers NBCUniversal, Alvey's family claim his death was the result of the "extreme emotional distress" caused by the "negligent and intentional acts" acts of those involved in the airing of the episode.

On the show Ms Rutter told Alvey: "I don't want to get married".

She then said: "And there's someone else".

Producers then brought on Alvey's friend and the two men fought on stage.

The lawsuit said: "The aforementioned conduct of the Defendants was extreme and outrageous and caused the Decedent to experience severe and extreme emotional and mental distress in the weeks following the taping and airing.

"On June 3, 2018, as a result of severe emotional and mental suffering and anguish, [Alvey] shot himself in the head with a firearm and, as a result, died."

In a lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court, lawyers argued the show's producers and executives knew the production would "elicit an extreme reaction" from Alvey, according to WDRB.

The wrongful death suit claims Alvey took his own life "as a result of severe emotional and mental suffering and anguish".

The lawsuit accuses The Jerry Springer Show of "reckless disregard for the lives and safety of others".

It was filed on behalf of his family and infant son.

They are seeking unspecified damages and a trial by jury.

Ms Rutter is named as a defendant in the suit.

The Jerry Springer show ended after 27 seasons when it was pulled last June due to low ratings.

Representatives for Springer have not yet comment. NBCU declined to comment.

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