British stars say farewell to Peaches Geldof at private funeral

Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:17am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Celebrities from Britain's television and music worlds attended the funeral on Monday of Peaches Geldof, the 25-year-old daughter of Band Aid founder Bob Geldof whose death two weeks ago remains unexplained.

Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, model Kate Moss and Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, were among the mourners gathered to pay tribute to Geldof, whose coffin arrived painted with blue sky, clouds, flowers, and a portrait of her family.

Geldof, a media and fashion personality in her own right and

mother of two boys aged 23 months and 11 months, was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, in southern England, on April 7.

British police are treating her sudden death as "non-suspicious but unexplained". The cause remains unknown after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive pending toxicology tests that could take several weeks.

Her father was expected to deliver the eulogy at the private funeral held at the same church in Davington, Kent, where Peaches married musician Thomas Cohen in 2012 and near where she grew up.

This was the same church where a funeral service was held in 2000 for her mother, television presenter Paula Yates, who died from a heroin overdose at the age of 41.

Peaches was the second of three daughters for Yates and Geldof, the Irish singer who rose to fame as leader of the Boomtown Rats, and later organized the charity Band Aid and Live Aid concerts to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

Yates was married to Geldof from 1986 to 1996 but left him for Australian rock star Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997.   Continued...

A hearse carrying the coffin of Peaches Geldof, painted with a picture of her family, arrives for her funeral service at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, southeast England April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall