Inquest into Peaches Geldof Death Reveals Heroin Overdose

Peaches Geldof

It has been three full months since Peaches Geldof, prominent model and TV personality was found dead in her home. Geldof originally made a name for herself in television, when she began writing a political column in the popular British publication, The Daily Telegraph. In 2005, her documentary, “Peaches Geldof: Teen America” took her to even greater heights, and she was consequently recognized by ‘Tatler’ as one of the most popular fashion icons of 2006.

Geldof’s modeling career began in 2007 at London Fashion Week, and in 2010, she signed a lucrative modeling deal with Ultimo. However, the deal was short-lived, as leaked controversial images of the star forced Ultimo to cancel the agreement. Geldof was also the daughter of the Live Aid program founder, Bob Geldof.

Details Surrounding Geldof’s Death

On April 7th, the popular TV presenter, was found dead in her home at Wrotham in Kent. Law enforcement officials, upon finding large amounts of drug paraphernalia at her home, suspected that the model had died of an overdose. The suspicions were subsequently confirmed by the coroner’s toxicology report. Upon hearing of her death, her father, Bob Geldof, immediately issued a statement speaking of the family’s grief and surprise. Peaches Geldof was the wife of Thomas Cohen, and was the mother to two young sons, Phaedra and Astala. She passed away at the young age of 25. It has been three months since the passing of the popular socialite, but the latest report from pathologist, Peter Jerreat has confirmed that Geldof had succumbed to heroin overdose. Her body was found with a number of puncture marks on her wrists, elbows and thumbs, suggesting that she was suffering from heroin addiction.

Geldof was being treated for drug addiction

Her husband Thomas Cohen, commenting on her death, released a statement, saying that the couple did consume heroin, mostly at nights when the children were asleep. He also stated that Geldof had previously sought treatment to combat her addiction, and had been doing so for over two years. Cohen continued by saying that he was of the belief that Geldof had completely rid herself of the addiction by November.

The autopsy performed on Peaches Geldof indicated that the model had consumed heroin with a purity percentage amount of 61 percent, significantly higher than the 26 percent purity heroin commonly found in the black-market. Police officials also claimed to have seized over 30 medical syringes from the home, along with burnt spoons, cotton buds, and a number of alcohol wipes. What is perhaps most tragic is the fact that this is not the first heroin-related death that the Geldof family experienced.

Peaches’ mother, Paula Yates had also been the victim of a heroin overdose in 2000. While the coroner’s report has certainly confirmed the cause of death, law enforcement authorities are still unclear as to whether the overdose was accidental, or whether the model’s intentions were to commit suicide.

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