'I can't do this anymore': Homeless man freezes to death months after breaking down while talking to charity worker

Kane Walker, a homeless man from Birmingham, died on the streets near Bullring Shopping Center due to freezing temperatures on Sunday


                            'I can't do this anymore': Homeless man freezes to death months after breaking down while talking to charity worker

A homeless man who was seen in a video telling a charity worker that he can't cope a few months ago died while sleeping on the street as the temperature fell below zero.

31-year-old Kane Walker was found dead on the streets in freezing temperatures at 3.30 pm on Sunday, 27 January near Birmingham's Bullring shopping center, reported Dail Mail.

The upsetting video, which was recorded last August, shows Walker talking to outreach worker Colin Rankine, the founder of Active Christians. The footage showed a distraught Walker saying that this is not his life, and he can't live like this anymore.



 

The clip starts with Rankine trying to comfort an upset Walker by offering him a cup of tea and asking Walker to sit down next to him. You can hear Walker saying, "There's no point, brother, I'm done now. I'm not gonna be here. I'm not living like this no more. This ain't my life. I'm done, I'm done. You've never seen me like this before. I'm done." Walker then starts to cry and, before walking away, he says "I'm done" for the final time.

Walker lost both his parents and his grandmother and was said to have refused offers of help from family and friends. He slept on the streets. He was well known to the homeless outreach teams operating in Birmingham and had spent a number of years sleeping in doorways and sheltering beneath bridges.

Those who knew Walker claimed that he was addicted to the drug Black Mamba and that he was also suffering from depression. Emergency services were called on Sunday but Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homeless people taking shelter under bridges.
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Homeless people taking shelter under bridges.
(Source: Getty Images)

Founder of Helping the Homeless in Birmingham, Peter Caine, said Walker's death had hit the team hard and that the team had known him for around four years since they started the operation. "He (Walker) was a good guy and a pleasure for the team to meet on our outreach. He always brought us a smile and will not be forgotten. We hope he has found peace now".

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said that they were called at 3.50 pm by the ambulance service, and sadly, the body of 31-year-old Walker was discovered.

Helping the Homeless in Birmingham meet fortnightly to hand out clothing, hot drinks, hot food, sleeping bags, and sanitary products. "Anyone can become homeless at any time. Services on the street need to improve, more people like us signposting people to appropriate services," Caine added.