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Heroin "likely" to have contributed to Peaches Geldof's death

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

By Ruth Dawson / ruth.dawson@swwmedia.co.uk / @Ruth_Dawson

Peaches Geldof, in March 2014, the month before her death at age 25.

Peaches Geldof, in March 2014, the month before her death at age 25.

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An inquest has heard that heroin use was “likely” to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof.

A toxicology report is said to have found traces of the Class-A drug in her system and police have confirmed that it probably contributed to Geldof’s death.

“Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death,” Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said.

The 25-year-old was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, last month, by her husband Thomas Cohen. Geldof had been taking care of the couple’s 11-month old son Phaedra while Cohen was away with their son Astala.

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Initially, police treated Geldof’s death as “sudden and unexplained”.

Hours before she died, Geldof posted a photo of herself with her mother, Paula Yates to social media accounts. Yates died in 2000 from an accidental heroin overdose at age 41.

In a statement released after news broke, father Bob Geldof wrote with family members:

"She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.

"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."

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