PEAKY Blinders star Toby Kirkup died alone at his home when an aneurysm burst just hours after he was discharged from the hospital, an inquest has been told.
Toby Kirkup was admitted to the Royal Huddersfield Hospital on 29 August 2020 before being diagnosed with gastritis and sent home the same day.
Dr Karen Ramsden, pathologist Dr Karen Ramsden, told an inquest at Bradford Coroner Court the 48-year-old later died alone at his home in Titanic Mills, Linthwaite, from bleeding due to aortic aneurysm rupture.
Toby’s family wants a coroner to investigate his death because they are concerned about his treatment.
A statement from the family, read out at the virtual hearing, said Toby began using drinks and drugs while in college but has been “clean” since entering rehab in South Africa for nearly 10 years. before dying.
And his loved ones say they feel his death was the result of being “misdiagnosed” and that the focus was on his stomach pain rather than chest pain.
However, assistant coroner Ian Pears today said he was “absolutely unimportant” to the hospital’s decision to discharge the actor just hours before his death.
On August 18, 11 days before his death, Toby celebrated his birthday, “for entertainment purposes with drugs and alcohol,” the inquest said.
Dr Ramsden said: “I don’t think we can prove chronic cocaine use is the cause.”
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A toxicology report found traces of cocaine in his system, although the results “did not indicate recent overuse”.
She added: “I don’t think we can prove chronic cocaine use is the cause.”
Dr Robert Palin, who assessed Toby when he attended A&E, said that, although the actor was hospitalized with chest pain, he did not mention it in their conversation.
He said Toby described pain in his upper abdomen and told the doctor he had used “stimulants and alcohol to celebrate his birthday last week”.
Dr. Palin told the hearing that the electrocardiogram and additional tests did not change his view that the most likely cause of the pain was gastritis.
“I don’t know anything about previous drug use other than what the gentleman himself told me,” he said.
The doctor said Toby’s use of alcohol and drugs “had absolutely no effect on reason”.
Dr. Thomas Davies, a consultant in emergency medicine, provided a review of the incident.
He told the examination that the aneurysm was “probably” present when he arrived at the hospital, but could also be “undetectable”.
Concluding that Toby died of natural causes, assistant coroner Ian Pears said: “It is clear that cardiovascular procedures were followed.
“I don’t criticize anything that happens in the hospital at all and I understand the reason for discharge.
“It’s one of those things where, unfortunately, the status quo then broke and became an eventuality.”
Toby appeared as a police sergeant in the BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders, and also acted in the ITV soap Emmerdale.
His previous performances also include a number of Shakespearean roles for a Manchester-based theater, while his screen credits include appearances on Channel 4’s The Mill.
His family’s statement describes him as “a talented musician, athlete and actor” who “helped many people” with his work in rehabilitation clinics.
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