Peaky Blinders star died alone just hours after being sent home from hospital – Birmingham Live

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A Peaky Blinders actor from Huddersfield died alone just hours after being sent home from hospital, an inquest has been told.

Toby Kirkup, 48, was told he had gastritis but later suffered a cardiac arrest and died – the very same day he was discharged.

Coroners officer Catherine Toner told assistant coroner, Katy Dickinson, he had drug and alcohol issues.

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YorkshireLive reports he attended Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on the afternoon of 29 August last year.

An inquest this week, at Bradford Coroner’s Court, was told he had chest pains, tingling in his arms and medics diagnosed gastritis.

He was sent home, where his condition deteriorated, and he began vomiting and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Mr Kirkup starred as a police officer in BBC One series Peaky Blinders.

He also enjoyed a role in ITV soap Emmerdale.

The 48-year-old took part in productions of Richard III and Henry V for the Manchester-based Ragged School Drama.

Although a post mortem established his death was as the result of natural causes his family had concerns about his treatment and so an inquest is being held.

Ms Dickinson adjourned the hearing until September 30.

Tributes paid to him following his death described Toby as “always pleasant, polite and friendly” and “always lovely to speak to.”

Mr Kirkup was a graduate of the University of Huddersfield and enjoyed a varied career as a writer and stagehand as well as a TV presenter with film crews both in the UK and in Europe.

 

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