Inquest Confirms Peaches Geldof Had Heroin In Home Before Death

By McCarton Ackerman 07/23/14

A significant amount of heroin and a wide range of drug paraphernalia were found by police after her overdose death in April.

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An inquest into the death of British socialite and TV presenter Peaches Geldof revealed that a massive stash of drugs was found in her home, and that her infant son had been left alone with her body for nearly an entire day.

Geldof died on April 6 from a heroin overdose, according to a coroner who investigated. Police looking into her death found a wide range of paraphernalia in her home including burnt spoons, 79 syringes, and close to seven grams of “importation quality” heroin. Her one-year-old son, Phaedra, had been left with Geldof’s body for 17 hours before before husband Thomas Cohen arrived at the house.

Although Geldof had received drug treatment in the two years before she died, Cohen said he had observed her flushing drugs she had hidden down a toilet. She had also been reportedly taking weekly drug tests and told Cohen they were negative, but he said in a recent hearing that he thought she had been lying.

She tragically followed the fate of her mother, Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41. Geldof had struggled with substance abuse throughout her life; she was questioned but not charged in May 2008 after allegedly offering a drug dealer more than $300 and she reportedly overdosed that same year.

In a final interview just weeks before her death, Geldof told Aga Living magazine that her two sons, Phaedra and 23-month-old Astala, made her determined not to repeat what happened with her own mother. "Now [that] I am a mum, I can correct those awful parts of my childhood. It really is a healing process," she said. "Before, I was not at peace with myself because I was traumatized about it. That's why I was living a chaotic lifestyle. But [now] that I have the kids, I can heal the situation. It's so good in every single way."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.