Peaky Blinders and Emmerdale actor Toby Kirkup died alone hours after hospital discharge

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Toby Kirkup was admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 but was discharged and sent home on the same day. The 48-year-old had reported he had been feeling tingling sensations in his arms and experiencing chest pains.

Medical professionals at the West Yorkshire hospital diagnosed the actor with gastritis, which is inflammation of the stomach lining.

Mr Kirkup was later discharged but when he returned home to Titanic Mills in Linthwaite his condition deteriorated, the inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard.

He began vomiting before suffering from cardiac arrest.

A post mortem established his death was as a result of natural causes.

However, an inquest was ordered as his family had concerns about his treatment.

On Monday, Coroners officer Catherine Toner told assistant coroner, Katy Dickinson, that the up-and-coming actor had drug and alcohol issues.

The hearing has been adjourned until September 30, reports Yorkshire Live.

Mr Kirkup’s obituary has been published.

It read: “On the 29th August 2020 Toby died suddenly at home in Huddersfield aged 48.

“Beloved son of Philip and Pamela younger brother of Dominic and Sammy. Much loved father to Isabella and dear friend to many.

“Private service at Church of St Thomas, Thurstonland on Monday 21st of September followed by private committal at Huddersfield Crematorium.”

Mr Kirkup appeared as a police sergeant in Peaky Blinders, which finished filming its sixth and final season in May.


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They filmed in January after the show was forced to shut down the set last March due to the coronavirus crisis.

The actor also appeared in ITV’s soap opera Emmerdale.

His other television credits include an appearance on Channel 4’s The Mill.

His previous performances also include a number of Shakespearean roles for a Manchester-based theatre.

Mr Kirkup’s classical roles include parts in productions of Richard III and Henry V for Manchester’s Ragged School Drama.

The on-screen actor studied drama at the University of Huddersfield and worked as a writer, stagehand, TV presenter and actor.

Mr Kirkup also had hopes of starting a master’s degree in creative writing at Leeds University.

Paying tribute to the actor, friends and family described him as “always lovely to speak to”.

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