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Homeless man says he can't cope in heartbreaking video filmed before he died

Kane Walker told a charity worker he couldn't cope any longer Credit: BPM Media

A homeless man told a charity worker: 'I'm done. I can't do it no more' just months before he died on a freezing Birmingham street.

In upsetting scenes recorded last summer, the 31-year-old sobbed as he told outreach workers he "could no longer live like this".

Kane Walker - described as a "loving and caring" man whose life had spiralled out of control - was found dead yards from the Bullring in a tragedy which shocked Birmingham.

Video from Colin Rankine, Active Christians

Kane, who had lost both parents and his nan, was said to have refused offers of help from remaining family and friends and instead bedded down on the streets.

He spent "a number of years" sleeping in doorways and sheltering beneath bridges and was a familiar face to homeless outreach teams operating in Birmingham.

Kane was described as a Credit: BPM Media

On Sunday (27 January), as the area heaved with weekend shoppers, the 31-year-old was found in cardiac arrest. Despite the efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not been confirmed but police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

A gofundme page has been set up to raise money for his funeral.

Credit: Oliver Obee

18-year-old Oliver Obee spent months getting to know him, and drew this picture to try to get across the situation he was in.

Homeless people really don't have a voice. There's a massive stigma as well against homeless people.

Kane told me he was kicked, spat on, he'd wake up and he'd been urinated on in the night. I'd see him regularly with black eyes and cuts, there really should have been some help for him.

It seemed that I was the only one who could see this man just dying on the street while everyone else walked deserves to die on a freezing street on an underpass surrounded by rats and faeces.

– Oliver Obee

The number of rough sleepers in Birmingham has rocketed by 60 per cent in the last year. 91 people were found sleeping rough in the city on a single night in November when the official 'rough sleeper count' was conducted. That's a ten-fold rise since 2010.

The official data also revealed there were 420 rough sleepers across the West Midlands - a rise of 42 per cent.

The local figures were in stark contrast to the national picture, which showed rough sleeping falling by around two per cent.

READ MORE: How can I help someone who is homeless?

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