Peaches Geldof Called Heroin ‘Bleak Drug’ Weeks Before Death

By McCarton Ackerman 06/23/14

Geldof made her comments in reference to Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin overdose earlier this year.

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The late socialite and TV presenter Peaches Geldof referred to heroin as a “bleak drug” in her final interview just weeks before she died from a reported heroin overdose last April.

Speaking to The Spectator magazine, Geldof made the comment in reference to the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. "It always makes me so sad to hear about people like Hoffman, who were real masters and also family men who were just wasted by the constant, gnawing obsession with it. All heroin users seem to have the same core internal pain, though,” she said. “It’s a fascinating concept - drug of choice.”

Geldof was just 25 years old when she was found dead in her home in Wrotham, Kent, England on April 7. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said in a statement that "recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death,” but a full inquest into the matter will take place on July 23.

Her own mother, Paula Yates, also died of a heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41. Geldof admitted that the press constantly asking her questions about it and forcing her to relive it had become increasingly difficult. "Your life, they keep telling you, is pre-ordained - I'm going to die like my mother. 'She's going to end up like her mother,'” she said. “And people expect you to spew these intimacies to them, like you are in a church confessional. It's an interview, not a therapy session."

Tragically, her struggles with drugs had been long-documented. Geldof was spotted offering a drug dealer $300 in May 2008, but wasn’t charged by police. She then reportedly overdosed that same year and stopped breathing for several minutes before being revived by paramedics. However, sources close to the socialite said that she had gotten clean before the birth of her children.

She is survived by her two sons, 25-month-old Astala and 13-month-old Phaedra.

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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.