Peaches Geldof Reportedly Died From Heroin Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 05/01/14

Geldof was allegedly trying to avoid the fate of her mother, Paula Yates, who herself died of a heroin overdose in 2000.

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Geldof in 2013. Shutterstock

Heroin "likely played" a part in the death of socialite and TV presenter Peaches Geldof, according to a British police inquest released today. Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, England on April 7 at the age of 25.

"Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death," said Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham. A full inquest into her death is expected to take place on July 23.

The daughter of Sir Bob Geldof was found dead at her country estate, which police had described as "non-suspicious" and "sudden unexplained." No evidence of drug paraphernalia was discovered; only her 11-month old son Phaedra was found in the house. In a tragic twist, Geldof's mother, Paula Yates, also died of a heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41.

Geldof's history of drug abuse was long and well-documented. She was questioned but not charged in May 2008 after being spotted offering a drug dealer more than $300. She also reportedly overdosed that same year and had stopped breathing for several minutes before paramedics revived her.

Sources close to Geldof said that she "had stopped using drugs before the birth of her children. There was speculation that she might have accidentally overdosed because her body was not used to the quantities of heroin she was taking." However, her friend Freddy McDonnell, who died in 2011 from a drug overdose at the age of 18, reportedly wrote in his diary that he planned to inject for the first time during a visit with her.

In a tragic 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."

At the time of her death, her father released a statement that read in part: "We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. We loved her and will cherish her forever."

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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.