Heroin role in Peaches Geldof death: Inquest

May 02, 2014 - 1:18:43 am

LONDON: Heroin use likely played a role in the death of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof’s daughter Peaches, the same drug that killed her mother Paula Yates in 2000, an inquest in Britain heard yesterday.

The 25-year-old model and writer, who had two young sons, was found dead on her bed by her husband Thomas Cohen at her rural home southeast of London on April 7, police told the inquest.

“Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death,” police detective Paul Fotheringham told the opening of the inquest in Gravesend, Kent, southeast England.

Peaches, who wrote for British magazines and newspapers and presented celebrity-driven television shows, had been looking after her 11-month-old son Phaedra at her home in Wrotham, Kent.

Her 23-year-old husband, a musician, had spent the previous night apart from his wife and was looking after their eldest son, 23-month-old Astala.

The last person to see Geldof alive was Cohen’s father Keith, who had dropped off Phaedra with her the night before, while the last contact with her was a telephone conversation with a friend at 7:45pm on April 6, the inquest heard.

“All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future,” Fotheringham said. AFP

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