Tragic socialite Peaches Geldof was receiving treatment for heroin addiction for two-and-a-half years before her death. Bob Geldof's daughter had been taking heroin substitute methadone and undergoing weekly testing, but her husband Thomas Cohen told an inquest in Kent, England on Wednesday (23Jul14) he suspected she was back on drugs earlier this year (14).
He told the hearing he confronted his wife in February (14) and she retrieved a stash of heroin from the attic of their home and flushed it down the toilet as he watched.
The model/TV presenter died at her home in Kent in April (14) at the age of 25 in a chilling echo of her mother Paula Yates, who passed away from a heroin overdose in 2000.
Geldof's body was discovered by Cohen in a bedroom at the property on 7 April (14), and the inquest was told that when police later searched the home they discovered 6.9 grams (0.2 ounces) of heroin, several needles, and a burnt spoon.
The coroner, Roger Hatch, confirmed the death was drug-related.
He expressed his sympathy for the Geldof family but in a reference to the death of Yates, he stated the tragedy was not "history repeating itself" as Geldof had been trying to beat her addiction.
In 2011, Geldof sparked rumours she was on drugs after she was photographed at a fashion event in London with dark rings around her eyes and bruises on her arm, but she denied using heroin, claiming the marks were caused by skin condition psoriasis.
Thieves have targeted the empty home of tragic socialite Peaches Geldof twice since her death last month (Apr14). Geldof was found dead in her home in Kent, England by her husband Thomas Cohen, and he has been staying at his mother's house with their two sons Astala and Phaedra since the tragedy.
Their empty marital home has since fallen prey to heartless burglars who stole a lawnmower from the grounds just a week after Geldof died. Geldof's father, British rocker Bob Geldof, had hoped to restore the machinery in her memory as it is featured in one of the last photographs taken of the family.
A neighbour tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I know a mobile lawnmower was taken. Bob wanted to keep it for sentimental reasons, but it was broken so he asked someone to do it up. "I spoke to the mechanic but he said in the end they told him he couldn't repair it as it had been stolen. It's shocking to think someone would do that so soon after Peaches died."
Burglars struck again on Friday (09May14) and damaged surveillance cameras, alerting police to a potential break-in. When cops arrived five minutes later, the culprits had fled empty-handed. A source tells the newspaper, "The house has been empty ever since Peaches died. The vultures who broke in clearly knew that and are preying on the bereaved and her family. It's a wicked thing to do given what Tom is going through. "Whoever was responsible knew full well that there were cameras at the house and deliberately broke them before getting in."
A spokesperson for Kent Police confirmed the force is investigating both incidents. Tests show Geldof died after taking heroin, and a full inquest to determine the cause of death is due to take place in July (14).
Police officers are investigating how tragic socialite Peaches Geldof obtained the heroin that contributed to her death. Geldof's body was found at her home in Kent, England by her husband Thomas Cohen on 07 April (14), and an inquest on Thursday (01May14) was told results of toxicology tests revealed traces of heroin in her blood at a level which meant it was "likely" to have contributed to the tragedy.
Detectives are now probing how Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof, obtained the drug.
A Kent Police spokesman says, "We can confirm an ongoing investigation into the supply of drugs in connection with the death of Peaches Geldof." The representative adds that there have been "no arrests and no interviews under caution".
The inquest is due to resume on 23 July (14).
Tragic socialite Peaches Geldof died after taking heroin, it was confirmed on Thursday (01May14).
In chilling echoes of her mother Paula Yates' death from a heroin overdose at home in 2000, Geldof was found slumped on a bed at her house while her baby son was in the property. Her husband, Thomas Cohen, told officials how he had discovered his wife sprawled on a bed in the spare room of their mansion in Kent, England, with one foot on the floor.
He had gone to the home thinking his wife was asleep, but after finding her body and realising she was dead, he called to their 11-month-old son Phaedra and then asked his mother to phone the emergency services. A post mortem was inconclusive but the results of toxicology tests were revealed at an inquest on Thursday, where officials stated that traces of heroin were found in Geldof's blood at a level which meant it was "likely" to have contributed to her death.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham told the hearing in Gravesend, Kent, "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death." Geldof's body was found on 07 April (14) but her last known contact - with a friend via phone - was at 7.45pm the night before (06Apr14). Her pal has told investigators Geldof was her normal self during the conversation and had been planning a family outing the following weekend.
It also emerged at the hearing that Geldof's father, Live Aid hero Bob Geldof, had officially identified her body at a mortuary following the tragedy. North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch adjourned the inquest until 23 July (14). Geldof's family was not in court for the hearing.
Tragic socialite Peaches Geldof was honoured with musical tributes at her funeral performed by her rocker husband Thomas Cohen, Queen star Roger Taylor, and musician Jools Holland. Bob Geldof's daughter was remembered at a private memorial service at the church next to the family home in Kent, England on Monday (21Apr14), attended by mourners including Kate Moss, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
It has now emerged that the TV star's grieving husband said goodbye by performing a musical tribute. He sang a version of Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye by Leonard Cohen, accompanied by Holland on the piano.
Queen star Taylor also performed a song during the funeral, Geldof's sisters Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger Lily read poems, and Bob Geldof gave the eulogy.
The 25-year-old mother-of-two was found dead at her home in Kent on 7 April (14). The cause of death is still not known.
Stars including supermodel Kate Moss, rocker Johnny Borrell and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman were among the mourners who gathered at the funeral of tragic socialite Peaches Geldof on Monday (21Apr14). Friends and family members came together to pay their last respects to Bob Geldof's daughter at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Kent, England.
Moss was joined by her rocker husband Jamie Hince at the private service, while other mourners included musician Jools Holland, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Sting's wife Trudie Styler, TV presenter Alexa Chung, actress Jaime Winstone and music mogul Alan McGee.
Geldof's coffin was painted light blue and adorned with a mural of the star with her husband Thomas Cohen, their two sons and their pet dogs.
The church where the funeral was held, close to the Geldof family home, had special significance as it was where the late TV star married her husband Cohen in 2012 and where her father wed her mother Paula Yates in 1988.
Yates' ashes were scattered in the church grounds following her death from a drug overdose in 2000.
The 25-year-old mother-of-two was found dead at her home in Kent on 7 April (14). The cause of death is still not known.
Peaches Geldof's funeral will take place on Easter Monday (21Apr14) at the same church where the tragic socialite married her husband Tom Cohen in 2012. The service will be held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Kent, England, close to her father Bob Geldof's family home.
The choice is especially poignant as she wed Cohen there two years ago, while her parents, Geldof and late TV presenter Paula Yates, married at the church in 1988.
Yates' ashes were scattered in the church's grounds after she died from a heroin overdose in 2000.
Geldof was found dead at her home in Kent, England on 7 April (14). The cause of death is still not known.
Tragic British socialite Peaches Geldof declared her love for her two infant sons in a poignant interview just weeks before her death.
Bob Geldof's 25-year-old daughter was pronounced dead at her home in Kent, England on Monday (07Apr14), leaving behind her rocker husband Thomas Cohen, and two boys Astala, who turns two later this month (Apr14), and Phaedra, 12 months.
Geldof had just landed a new job as a columnist for Britain's Mother & Baby magazine, and her debut piece on attachment parenting was published in the April (14) issue. She also gave an interview to the magazine in which she discussed her own parenting issues, revealing she often "cried with exhaustion" while carrying out her duties as a mother, but added, "That's what being a mum is. It's not easy. It can be stressful, but it's the most rewarding thing you will do."
Geldof went on to describe her overwhelming love for her two sons, adding, "Since I've had the boys, I don't think of the world as a negative place any more. I just have so much love. And, through my love for them, I've been reborn into a better, more understanding, more patient person - I feel like an adult."
After news of her death broke, the magazine's editors released a statement paying tribute to the star: "We are extremely saddened at the tragic news that Peaches Geldof has died. Our hearts and sympathies are with her family and two little boys."
Rocker Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25. Police were called to the British socialite and TV personality's home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (07Apr14) to investigate concerns about her welfare. She was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
A Kent Police spokesperson says, "At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden."
Born Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof, she was Boomtown Rats frontman's second daughter with his ex-wife, late TV presenter Paula Yates, whose father was beloved British TV host Hughie Green.
She established herself as a journalist in her teens, writing articles for Britain's The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers and the U.K. edition of Elle Girl magazine. Geldof also wrote a column for U.S. arts and style publication Nylon.
She landed her own documentary show, Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind, in 2005 and followed it up with projects including an MTV reality show, titled Peaches: Disappear Here, which chronicled the socialite's attempts to launch a new youth magazine, and OMG! with Peaches Geldof in 2011.
She also carved out a career for herself as a model, becoming the face of Ultimo underwear in 2009, but she was dropped from the label the following year (10) after she was involved in a nude photo scandal amid allegations of drug use.
She was married twice - her 2008 union with Chester French rocker Max Drummey lasted just six months, and she wed S.C.U.M. singer Thomas Cohen in September, 2012, less than five months after she gave birth to their first child, son Astala. They welcomed second son Phaedra in April, 2013, on what would have been Paula Yates' 54th birthday.
Yates died from a drug and alcohol overdose in 2000.
Irish rocker Bob Geldof has been left heartbroken by the sudden death of his daughter Peaches.
British socialite, model and TV personality Peaches Geldof was declared dead at her home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (07Apr14) and her father has wasted no time in confirming the tragedy.
Responding to the sad news, which broke on Monday (07Apr14), the Live Aid icon and Boomtown Rats frontman paid tribute to the mother-of-two, who was married to singer Thomas Cohen, calling her, "the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers (craziest) of all of us".
He adds, "We are beyond pain... Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. "How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken." Peaches' husband has also addressed the sad loss in a brief statement, which reads: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday (sic)."
Meanwhile, British celebrities have also offered up their thoughts via Twitter.com. Singer and friend Alexandra Burke writes, "I can't believe Peaches has passed away.. I feel so numb. I've never met anyone so kind before. She was a beautiful person... My heart goes out to her family and her kids... Praying for them all xxx RIP Peaches", and Myleene Klass adds, "The news of beautiful Peaches is utterly devastating, God bless her babies. RIP mama xxx".
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp also offered up his thoughts, tweeting, "RIP Peaches Geldof, what do you say, my heart goes out to Bob and all his family, I truly am saddened by this horrible news!"
And Ellie Goulding posts, "Even if you think you've got it all figured out, some things still can't be explained or understood. Two beautiful children. RIP Peaches".
Singer Lily Allen also marked her friend's passing, writing, "My thoughts are with the Geldof's (sic) at this awful time. I hope they get to grieve in peace. Peaches, rest in peace gorgeous girl," and Sharon Osbourne adds, "Devastated about @peaches_g. Sending condolences & respect to the Geldof family. It's unimaginable what they must be going through right now."
Peaches' death comes just a day after she tweeted a photo of herself and her late mother, British TV presenter Paula Yates, and shared photos and videos of her two young boys online. Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000.