PEAKY Blinders star Toby Kirkup died alone at his home when an aneurysm ruptured just hours after he was discharged from hospital, an inquest has been told.
Toby Kirkup was admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 2020 before being diagnosed with gastritis and sent home on the same day.
The 48-year-old later died alone at his home in Titanic Mills, Linthwaite, from bleeding caused by a ruptured aortic arch aneurysm, pathologist Dr Karen Ramsden told an inquest at Bradford Coroner's Court.
Toby's family wanted a coroner to investigate his death because they had concerns about his treatment.
A statement from the family, read at the virtual hearing, said Mr Kirkup started to use drink and drugs while at university but had been "clean" since going to a rehab facility in South Africa almost 10 years before his death.
And his loved ones said they felt his death was the result of being "wrongly diagnosed" and that the focus had been on his stomach pain rather than chest pain.
But Assistant coroner Ian Pears today said he is "not at all critical" of a hospital's decision to discharge the actor only hours before his death.
On August 18, 11 days before his death, Toby celebrated his birthday, "making use of recreational drugs and alcohol", the inquest was told.
Dr Ramsden said: "I don't think we can prove chronic cocaine usage was the cause."
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A toxicology report found traces of cocaine in his system, though the results "didn't indicate recent excessive use".
She added: "I don't think we can prove chronic cocaine usage was the cause."
Dr Robert Palin, who assessed Toby when he attended A&E, said that, although the actor went into hospital complaining of chest pain, he did not mention it during their conversation.
He said Toby described having pain in his upper abdominal area and told the doctor he had used "recreational drugs and alcohol to celebrate his birthday the previous week".
Dr Palin told the hearing an electrocardiogram and additional tests did not change his opinion that the most likely cause of the pain was gastritis.
He said: "I didn't know anything about any prior drug use apart from that which the gentleman told me himself."
The doctor said Toby's alcohol and drug use didn't affect his reasoning "at all".
Dr Thomas Davies, a consultant in emergency medicine, produced a review of the incident.
He told the inquest the aneurysm would "probably" have been present when he went to hospital, but would also probably have been "undetectable".
Concluding that Toby died of natural causes, assistant coroner Ian Pears said: "It's quite clear that cardiac procedures were followed.
"I'm not at all critical of anything that has taken place within the hospital and I understand the reason for the discharge.
"It is one of those things where, unfortunately, the condition has then ruptured and become a terminal event."
Mr Kirkup appeared as a police sergeant in BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders, and also acted in ITV soap Emmerdale.
His previous performances also include a number of Shakespearean roles for a Manchester-based theatre, while his on-screen credits included an appearance on Channel 4's The Mill.
His family's statement described him as "a gifted musician, sportsman and actor" who "helped so many people" with his work in rehab clinics.
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