Homeless man died of heroin overdose in freezing conditions after heartbreaking video


A HOMELESS man who has been described as “loving and caring” died in freezing conditions after taking a heroin overdose, an inquest has heard.

Kane Walker, 31, spent years sleeping rough in Birmingham city centre and waswell-known to outreach teams in the city.

But on January 27 this year Kane was found unresponsive under a flyover near the Bullring in Birmingham.

It was reported by Birmingham Live that he was pronounced dead at the scene, despite the best efforts of the paramedics.

TRAGIC: Kane died in freezing conditions (Pic: Birmingham Mail WS)

In footage of the 31-year-old speaking before his death he was filmed saying: “I can’t do this anymore“.

Speaking to outreach workers her added: “I’m not living like this no more, this ain’t my life. I am done, I am done. You’ve never seen me like this before.

“I can’t do it no more. It’s not fair.”

During an inquest at Birmingham Coroner’s court yesterday pathologist Gerald Langham said Kane’s principle cause of death was heroin overdose with pneumonia contributing to his death.

Kane Walker

HEARTBREAKING: He was filmed saying ‘I can’t do this anymore’ (Pic: Birmingham Mail WS)

Coroner Louise Hunt recorded that his death was drug related.

Kane was described as a “loving and caring man” but it is said his life had spun out of control.

The 31-year-old had lost both his parents and nan and apparently turned down help from his remaining family and friends, instead staying on the streets.

Those close to him also said he suffered from depression, was hooked on Black Mamba, and did not want to get off the streets.

Kane Walker

FAMILY: Kane lost both his parents and nan (Pic: Birmingham Mail WS)

Speaking about his death Coroner Hunt said: “This gentleman was homeless. He had spent quite a considerable time living in the Birmingham city area.

“He was being provided with support and assistance.

“He did have a number of difficulties. He had some mental health difficulties and physical problems. 

“I am satisfied on the evidence I have heard there were lots of attempts to try and assist and support him.

“Unfortunately they did not bear fruit and he did remain homeless up to the time of his death.

“I am afraid before he was found collapsed near Ladywell Walk, Pershore Street, that he had taken illicit substances.

“This included heroin, cocaine and a synthetic cannabaoid.”


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