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Heroin is likely to have contributed to the death of Peaches Geldof, inquest hears


Recent heroin use is likely to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, an inquest heard today.

The hearing into the circumstances of Geldof's death was opened this afternoon at Gravesend Old Town Hall by North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch.

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

He noted that the results from an earlier post-mortem had been inconclusive and that further tests had been ordered (the results of which are not yet known).

The inquest heard that the 25-year-old presenter was found by her musician husband Tom Cohen slumped across the bed in a spare room at their home in Wrotham, Kent on April 7. He had arrived home at around 1.30pm with his mother and the couple's two-year-old son Astala Dylan Willow, after a family weekend away. He had been unable to contact his wife earlier that morning and thought she was asleep, but instead found her dead.

He located their younger 11-month-old son, Phaedra Bloom Forever (who had been in the home with his mother) and called to his mother to ring emergency services.

Cohen had been to stay at his parents' house in south-east London with the couple's sons, Phaedra and Astala, on the two days leading up to her death. Geldof spent Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening on her own at home.

"This is a normal occurrence which enables Peaches and Thomas to complete work in their respective careers," DCI Fotheringham said. "Peaches maintained contact with family and friends throughout Sunday and at 5pm Thomas's father Keith Cohen took the youngest child, Phaedra, back to Wrotham and spent half an hour with Peaches before leaving the child with her."

The last contact with Geldof is believed to have been at 7.45pm on Sunday when she had a telephone conversation with a friend.

"All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including a family outing for her sons for the following weekend," Fotheringham said. 'There was no cause for concern."

The inquest also heard that the star's father Sir Bob Geldof formally identified her body.

The hearing will now be adjourned until July 23, when a full inquest will examine the events surrounding Geldof's death and the results of the police investigation into it.

Peaches and her husband Thomas Cohen

Hours before she died, Geldof posted a picture of herself as a toddler with her mother, who died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41. The caption read "me and my mum."

A police statement at the time said officers were called to the address at 1:35pm following "a report of concern for the welfare of a woman."

They described her death as "non-suspicious, unexplained and sudden".

There was no evidence of drugs paraphernalia found on the scene and a post-mortem examination held two days after she died proved inconclusive.

Peaches with her older son Astala

The writer, presenter and model - the daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates - is survived by her husband and their sons.

Her funeral was held at the same church as her mother's in the village of Davington. Celebrities including Kate Moss, Jaime Winstone and Jools Holland attended the service and her coffin was illustrated with a picture of her young family.

An inquest found the star died from a heroin overdose

Paying tribute to his daughter at the time of her death, her father Bob Geldof said: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. 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. Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof."

Her husband Thomas Cohen said: "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. We shall love her forever. Thomas Astala and Phaedra Geldof-Cohen."

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