Peaches Geldof reportedly died of a heroin overdose

2014-05-01 03:33
London - Peaches Geldof reportedly died of a heroin overdose.

The 25-year-old socialite's body was found at the home she shared with husband Thomas Cohen and sons Phaedra, one, and Astala, two, in Wrotham, Kent, England, on 7 April and detectives will officially announce her cause of death at an inquest on Thursday.

North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch will confirm the results of a toxicology test, which found Peaches' died as a direct result of the class-A drug, and the inquest at Gravesend Old Town Hall will be immediately adjourned, according to the UK's The Times newspaper.

The news is sure to have come as a blow to Peaches' father, Sir Bob Geldof, as her mother Paula Yates, 41, also died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, when Peaches' was just 11.

Police discovered no evidence of drugs paraphernalia in the house, sparking speculation that a friend or family member may have removed evidence from the property prior to the arrival of paramedics.

An autopsy carried out on the blonde beauty's body by a Home Office Pathologist shortly after her death proved inconclusive, so samples of her blood and tissue were sent off to a laboratory for further testing.

A spokesman for the police station in Kent declined to comment on reports she overdosed and added: “The inquest opens later today and that is all I can say.”

The hearing is expected to last approximately 10 minutes and a full inquest into the model and TV presenter's death will take place in late July.

Peaches - who had reportedly become increasingly obsessed with her mother's death - was laid to rest last week at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, Kent, where her father delivered a heart-breaking eulogy.

TV presenter Alexa Chung, model Kate Moss, Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, singer Eliza Doolittle, actress Jaime Winstone and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman were among the other mourners at her funeral.  


 A senior British police officer on Thursday afternoon confirmed that heroin is likely to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof last month.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate told an inquest into the death of the 25-year-old model that a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests. But he said on Thursday that "recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."

The hearing lasted about 10 minutes and was adjourned until later in the year. Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained deaths.

Geldof was the daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof. She died at her home south of London on 7 April.


  • Samuel Samillion Sherwen - 2014-05-01 06:38

    Said only by a boer. She was a doting mother but obviously couldn't quite kick her addiction. RIP

      Hoenderma Neek - 2014-05-01 07:32

      Such a doting mom she was shooting up with heroin - very responsible of her and just peachy don't you think?

      Sean Mandla Ontheline - 2014-05-01 07:47

      The ignorance is strong with this one ^^

      Boer Boel - 2014-05-02 09:02

      Stand to attention when you speak to the BOER.

  • Clara Smith - 2014-05-01 07:23

    No surprise there.

  • samuelbowker - 2014-05-01 07:49

    What a cliché.

  • ben.reef.77 - 2014-05-01 07:53

    Blame it on "The Wall"!!!

      Boer Boel - 2014-05-02 09:05

      We used to listen to that ad infinitum but never took the words to heart :-)

  • Steve Bobs - 2014-05-01 07:55

    Who cares, another nonentity.

  • No.You're a handbag - 2014-05-01 08:03


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  • Shireen Abbas Davids - 2014-05-01 08:35

    A mother of such small babies still ! , she was selfish and thought nothing of them while she blissfully got high

  • Willie Olivier - 2014-05-01 08:48

    The sins of the farhers.........

  • Provence France - 2014-05-01 08:58

    It's sad, very sad. People are crying out for the "meaning of life" and when they can't find it they find an escape. We all do this really, it just varies in degrees. Unless the true meaning of life is found and embraced.

  • Robert Coughlan - 2014-05-01 09:11

    Opioid dependance is an awful thing. The similarity of opium based drugs, at a molecular level, to our own endorphins, is part of the reason why the physical dependance on this drug grips some people so tight they never escape it. People can say what they like about her being selfish or ignorant, but it's likely she beat herself up about this even more, because she probably could not fight the urges to take the drug, despite knowing she had kids who depended on her. It's easy to dismiss these people as worthless junkies who got what was coming to them, but those who take that stance clearly lack even a shred of empathy for their fellow human beings.

      Hoenderma Neek - 2014-05-01 10:31

      Some of us know that addicts only think of themselves and she was in a very privileged position - I've known addicts who would sell their grandmothers bowel movements for money if they could, and that's after they've stolen from all their friends and family etc...

      Robert Coughlan - 2014-05-01 11:17

      @ Hoenderma Neek - Of course when it comes to getting a 'fix', those addicts who are hard up for cash can be extremely selfish. It doesn't appear that Peaches Geldof had trouble affording her heroin. Was it highly irresponsible of her to use heroin while caring for her child? Certainly, it was. Was she likely aware of this conflict between her urges and her responsibilities, but ill-equipped to fight the urge to use? Most likely. Her privileged position in society is immaterial in this scenario. All it shows is that nobody, even the relatively well-off, is immune to drug addiction, especially opioids.

      Chris Risseeuw - 2014-05-01 11:42

      No I disagree. Her privileged position gave her access to the best medical help money can buy. She made a conscious choice not to get help, but to rather indulge her criminal and irresponsible behavior. Also, as a Mother of two minor children, see should not have started this habit in the first place. With all the warning against the dangers of drug abuse in the media, schools, social media etc. she should have known better.

      JamesBlacksmith - 2014-05-01 11:58

      @Chris Here we have a child whose mother overdosed when she was 11. I don't judge an addict for being addicted to a substance, although you are 100% correct in saying she could have had all the help money could buy, I judge a woman who elected to follow in the same path as her mother, knowing full well the pain it would inflict on those around her and risks she was taking. In 2011 she introduced another person, friend Freddy McConnel, to the drug. He OD'd and died age 18. Either she was particularly ignorant about the drug (for which there is no reason) or she was just particularly self-centred. She was known to be affiliated with a 'satanic' type cult ('oto'), but no idea whether that played a part in her addiction. She chose a very self-centred path and paid the consequences. I'll save my pity for those that deserve it.

      Robert Coughlan - 2014-05-01 12:30

      @ Chris - you make claims about whether she did or did not seek help. On what do you base such claims? Also, the amount of money you throw at something, or have available to trhrow at something, isn't always proportionate to the success.

      Chris Risseeuw - 2014-05-01 14:10

      @ Robert. Had she gone seeking proper medical help, someone would have noticed. Substance addiction doesn't have a miracle cure and had she spent weeks in rehab the tabloids would certainly picked up on it. But I see your second point, spending lots of money on a challenge does not always guarantee success.

      Boer Boel - 2014-05-03 04:27

      Substance abusors are normally in need of some kind of crutch to assist them through life.

  • JamesBlacksmith - 2014-05-01 09:16

    Not a shocker at all. These non-public issues only come to light in such instances. What I would love to know however is "Where was the syringe and needle"? A wonderful cover-up! And there we were all feeling sorry for 'Peaches' and her celebrity friends saying what a wonderful mother she was. Yep, a wonderful mother that took heroine while in the sole care of an infant child? Goodness, that is the epitome of celebrity lifestyle, pathetic.

  • Stephen Africa Moore - 2014-05-01 09:29

    interesting that there was no evidence of drugs at the scene?

      Johann Grobler - 2014-05-01 14:07

      Yes, I found that interesting too. Was it taken away before the police were called to try and hide the drug use? Or was it murder?

      JamesBlacksmith - 2014-05-01 14:55

      @Johann Murder would have probably left the evidence at the scene... no syringe/needle points to a cover up.

      Boer Boel - 2014-05-03 04:30

      Same with Oscar Pistorius. His actions are those of a typical steroid junkie yet only natural supplements were found in his possession.

  • Bernice Thompson - 2014-05-01 09:34

    She still had a choice at the end of the day, no matter how traumatic it was knowing or seeing her own mother die this way, should of deterred her from doing the same, she had little ones to think of. She has now started a vicious circle.

  • Lungi Nyambose - 2014-05-01 10:19

    she just gave 'like mother like daughther' another meaning..*she was rich,wonder whats her excuse 4 being selfish**

  • Samuel Samillion Sherwen - 2014-05-01 10:45

    Same way you cross the road with out looking

  • Rochelle Scheepers - 2014-05-01 10:48

    She let her little child watch her die thus letting history repeat itself. Her child will probably go on to do the same. She could have ended the cycle.

  • Johann Grobler - 2014-05-01 14:01

    It is sad when someone young dies. When someone who has more than most people die of something they introduced into their life, it is a shame. How many people must die before the whole 'drugs are cool' idea gets kicked? Just look at the number of high profile people who died in recent years. They don't know what real hardship is and still use drugs to escape. When someone living in poverty uses tik to escape one can understand it in a way but how many people live in wealth and can't handle having it 'all'? I feel bad for her but I'm not sorry for her. (To loosely quote Trevor Noah)

  • Graham Wood - 2014-05-01 18:05

    Who cares.

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-05-01 23:10

    Scrap the term "overdose". Replace it with "bad smack". I mean this sfuff is cooked up in a kitchen by nigerians who I'm sure do regular inspection on their product...NOT!

  • Lemmington Mabaudi - 2014-05-02 07:30

    Well put Johann. Couldn't say it any better.

  • Lemmington Mabaudi - 2014-05-02 07:33

    Ya sure blame everything on Nigerians right? Am sure we can also blame them for nkandla and bad governance...piteous pity

      Boer Boel - 2014-05-03 04:33

      Hazard a guess who are the major suppliers of drugs in RofSA.

  • Isabella Rodrigaz - 2014-05-02 08:24

    Theres something about fame that draws celebs to drugs. Having gone through the same thing herself (mother dying from when she was present due to heroin), i dont know why she would put her kids through this. Another thing, she was increasingly obsseessed with her mothers death of late and died in the exact same fashion with her kid around too....copycat?

  • Boer Boel - 2014-05-02 19:51

    Let me help you. He did not spend enough time. If he had, he would have helped Paula when it was clear she needed help.

  • jacques.nortier1 - 2014-05-04 02:14

    And may they all die

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