Peaky Blinders' Star Toby Kirkup, 48, Dies after Being Sent Home from Hospital — Details Revealed
Actor Toby Kirkup died just hours after being discharged from the hospital last year and passed away all while alone. He was not the only “Peaky Blinders” alum who passed on.
“Peaky Blinders” star Toby Kirkup, 48, passed away after being sent home from hospital complaining of chest pains last summer in August 2020.
Kirkup was admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 but was diagnosed with gastritis and then discharged home.
According to the Daily Mail, Kirkup had reported feeling a tingling sensation in his arms and experiencing chest pains. Doctors at the West Yorkshire hospital diagnosed him with gastritis, an inflammation in the stomach lining, and was sent home.
However, when he arrived home to Titanic Mills in Linthwaite, his condition worsened, the inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard. Kirkup began vomiting and suffered a cardiac arrest, with the postmortem concluding that he had died of natural causes.
He had previously suffered from drug and alcohol issues, coroner officer Catherine Toner told assistant coroner Katy Dickinson at the hearing in England.
WHO WAS KIRKUP?
Kirkup’s family had also expressed concerns about his medical treatment and requested a coroner examine his death. The hearing has been adjourned and will resume on September 30 later this year.
Kirkup had a substantial career by portraying the role of a police sergeant in a British TV drama series, "Peaky Blinders," which wrapped up its sixth final season in May 2021. He also appeared on “Emmerdale.”
Kirkup also played James Scotsan in Channel 4’s “The Mill.” He also had a role in the BBC production of “Testament of Youth.”
The talented star was also a writer, a stagehand, and a TV presenter. Kirkup studied drama at the University of Huddersfield and planned on pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing at Leeds University.
He was also a big fan of Shakespeare and even participated in Richard III and Henry IV productions for the Manchester-based Ragged School Drama.
It remains unclear whether Kirkup was married or not. However, friends and family described him as “always lovely to speak to.” Another said he was “always pleasant, polite and friendly." Kirkup was also a keen skier.
His brother Dominic, who runs a hotel and managed The Butcher's Arms in Hepworth, refused to comment on the findings after the hearing.
HELEN MCCORY’S DEATH
In addition to Kirkup’s death, fellow co-star Helen McCrory, best known for her roles in the "Harry Potter" film franchise and "Peaky Blinders, " died in April this year.
The actress's husband, actor Damian Lewis announced her passing and said McCrory, who was 52, passed away “peacefully at home,” after “a heroic battle with cancer.”
He took social media and described his wife as a “beautiful and mighty woman” surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family. “She died as she lived. Fearlessly,” Lewis tweeted at the time.
The 50-year-old expressed that he and his family adored McCrory and were lucky to have had her as part of their lives. “She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you,” he concluded.
McCrory and Lewis shared two kids, Manon, 14, and Gulliver, 13 years old. In an interview with British Vogue magazine back in 2013, she credited her desire to be there for her children for her impressive resume.
"It's got to be a damn good offer to coax me away from them," she told the outlet. "Which is why the projects I’ve worked on since they were born have been such interesting ones," she explained at the time.
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