Peaches Geldof's death likely linked to heroin: police

Thu May 1, 2014 5:07pm EDT
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GRAVESEND Kent (Reuters) - Heroin probably played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, who died in her family home last month while alone with one of her two young sons, police said on Thursday.

A post-mortem examination failed to establish the cause of her death on April 7 but an inquest was told on Thursday that forensic tests found heroin in the 25-year-old's system. [ID:nL6N0N12YW]

Her death brought back memories of that of her mother, television presenter Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose aged 41 in 2000 while alone with her youngest daughter, Tiger Lily, then aged four.

"There was recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death," Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said in a statement at the opening of the inquest into Geldof's death.

Geldof, a media and fashion personality and the mother of two young boys, was the second of Irish musician and campaigner Bob Geldof and Yates's three daughters.

The inquest heard her body was found by her husband of two years, musician Thomas Cohen, in a spare bedroom of their home in Wrotham, Kent, in southern England in the afternoon of Monday, April 7.

Cohen had been staying the weekend at his parents' house in southeast London with the couple's sons and his father dropped their youngest boy, one-year-old Phaedra, back with Peaches late on Sunday afternoon.

Throughout the weekend she had been in touch with family and friends and her last phone call was with a friend at 7.45 p.m. on Sunday.

"All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period describe how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future ... there was no cause for any concern," Fotheringham said.   Continued...

Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof, arrives for the European premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" in London November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor