Peaches Geldof death ‘unexplained, sudden’

2014-04-08 08:36

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Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of musician and activist Bob Geldof – who filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics as she flirted through the fashion and celebrity world – has been found dead at the age of 25.

There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England yesterday but police called it “unexplained and sudden”.

The news came as a shock to Britain’s entertainment and fashion circles where Peaches had been active as a model, TV presenter and fashion writer. She was a frequent attendee at fashion shows and was photographed just last week at a London show for the Tesco brand, F&F.

Peaches was only 11 when her mother, Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose in 2000. Those who knew her said it had hit her extremely hard.

The last tweet Peaches sent on Twitter came on Sunday when she posted a photograph of herself as a toddler with her mother and the caption: “Me and my mum.”

Her father and family issued an anguished statement yesterday about her death.

“Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,” Geldof said.

“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.”

The statement was signed by Bob, Jeanne (his partner), Peaches’ sisters Fifi and Pixie and her half-sister Tiger Geldof.

In an interview with the Guardian in 2009, Peaches acknowledged that she had used drugs before, but that she had stopped.

“Yeah, I’ve taken drugs. Yes, I have had experiences and a few of those experiences were unsavoury, not ones I want to repeat, but I was growing up. I wanted the experience,” she told the paper.

“I wasn’t hugely into drugs and I’m sober now,” she added. “I’m not Amy Winehouse. I never have been. I wasn’t a crackhead.”

Peaches was married twice and leaves behind two sons, 23-month-old Astala and Phaedra, 11 months.

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