Auckland man loses his cancer battle as family insurance fight heats up

An Auckland man has lost his battle with cancer just as his family's fight with an insurance provider has heated up.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Andrew Porteous and his family have filed a civil lawsuit in the High Court at Auckland.

The 34-year-old was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer in October, two months after he lost his job, and his insurance claim was later declined.

Mr Porteous' insurance came as part of his job. The problem was he had just finished work when he was diagnosed with a rare terminal cancer.

He argued that he had the cancer while he was working, it just hadn't been diagnosed yet, but AMP refused to pay out the $450,000 policy.

The money would have been used to pay for his medical bills for his family after he was gone. 

The lawsuit has been filed against insurer AMP, former employer Latitude and insurance broking company Marsh.

Newshub.