Emmerdale star Toby Kirkup died at home just hours after hospital discharge, inquest hears

Emmerdale star Toby Kirkup died at home hours after he was discharged from hospital, an inquest has heard.

The Peaky Blinders actor was just 48 years old when he died at home alone after going to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 2020.

It's thought that Toby asked for medical assistance after he started having chest pains as well as tingling in his arms.

Shortly after, he was diagnosed with gastritis and told to go back to his West Yorkshire home.

He went on to die that same day, after an aneurysm ruptured.

His family wanted a coroner to look into his death after they raised concerns about his treatment while he was in hospital, where the focus was on his stomach pain instead of than chest issues.

However, the inquest that took place at Bradford Coroner's Court saw assistant coroner Ian Pears state that he believes the hospital followed the correct procedures.

He 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."

At the virtual hearing, the family gave a statement in which they said the diagnosis had been based on 'a perception of excessive alcohol and drug use' and questioned why Toby was "sent home with lifestyle advice and told to get some Gaviscon".

Toby reportedly started using drink and drugs while he was at university, but his family said he had been 'clean' since going to rehab in South Africa ten years ago.

He had celebrated his birthday on August 18 2020, just over a week before his death, and the inquest was told he had used recreational drugs and alcohol.

Toby's death was ruled as natural causes and pathologist Dr Karen Ramsden explained that he died from bleeding caused by a ruptured aortic arch aneurysm.

When he was in hospital, the actor was treated by Dr Robert Palin who assessed him in A&E.

He went to the hospital with chest pains but Dr Palin said he did not mention this during his initial assessment and instead he said he had pain in his upper abdominal area.

Dr Palin said electrocardiogram and other tests didn't change his opinion that the most likely cause of the pain was gastritis.

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