Peaches Geldof died after taking heroin, inquest confirms

Peaches Geldof died after taking heroin, inquest confirms

PEACHES Geldof died after taking heroin, an inquest has been told.

Miss Geldof’s body was found by her husband, Thomas Cohen, "slumped" on the edge of her bed in a spare room, with one leg dangling over the edge.

The inquest in Gravesend, Kent heard from Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, who said: "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."

He added that that an initial post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests.

Police found no evidence of drugs in the house at the time of her death, leading to speculation that items may have been removed before the property was searched.

The police’s on-going investigation is now expected to focus on the wherabouts of items used when smoking or injecting heroin and who supplied the young mother with the drugs.


Miss Geldof's death bore echoes of her mother Paula Yates, who also died from a heroin overdose in 2000.

She was found dead at her home in Notting Hill, west London, having taken an accidental overdose while alone with Miss Geldof’s half-sister Tiger Lily, then aged four.

Miss Geldof was looking after her youngest son Phaedra on her own when she was found dead on April 17 at her home in Wrotham, Kent.

The alarm was raised by Mr Cohen, 23, who had spent the previous night away with their eldest son Astala, aged 23 months.