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Peaches 'died of heroin overdose'

Published 01/05/2014

True love: Peaches with husband Thomas and son Astala meeting an aardvark at London Zoo
True love: Peaches with husband Thomas and son Astala meeting an aardvark at London Zoo
Paula Yates and Bob Geldof with Fifi (right), Peaches (left) and Pixie in 1992
Peaches (left) and Pixie in 1992
Peaches, Pixie, Tiger Lily and Bob as he received the freedom of Dublin in 2006
Sisters Peaches (L) and Pixie Geldof attend the PPQ collection during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2008 on February 11, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Peaches Geldof's last parenting column has been published posthumously
Tragic loss: Peaches Geldof was found dead at home
Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen attend the UK Premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street at London's Leicester Square on January 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
In 1989, rock star Bob Geldof, his wife, TV presenter Paula Yates, and their five-year-old daughter Fifi Trixiebelle, show off the new addition to their family, an as yet unnamed baby girl (later named Peaches), at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25, the BBC reported tonight.
Sir Bob Geldof with his daughters Peaches (left) and Pixie, in 2002.
Bob Geldof with daughters Peaches and Pixie, as he recieved the "freedom of the city" honour in his hometown of Dublin.
File photo dated 05/03/06 of the family of Bob Geldof; (left) Tiger Lilly, Pixie and Peaches applaud as he receives the Freedom of Dublin City in a special ceremony outside Mansion House in Dublin. Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25. Photo: Julien Behal/PA
A post-mortem examination is due on Peaches Geldof, who died at 25
Peaches Geldof
The final message Peaches Geldof sent was a picture of her as a child with her mother.

The family of Peaches Geldof has refused to comment on reports that she died from a heroin overdose as an inquest into her death is due to open.

The body of the 25-year-old mother-of-two was found at the home she shared with her young family in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford proved inconclusive, prompting further tests to be conducted.

According to The Times, tests showed she died from a heroin overdose, in a parallel to her mother Paula Yates who died at her London home aged 41 in 2000.

A spokesman for the Geldof family: "I cannot confirm anything as an inquest is taking place. The family have no statement."

The inquest will be opened and adjourned at Gravesend Old Town Hall this afternoon.

A statement from Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham will be heard during the brief hearing in front of North West Kent coroner Roger Hatch.

A full inquest into the death of model, TV presenter and journalist Peaches - mother to Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra - is due to be set for late July.

Hours before she was found dead, Peaches posted a picture online of herself as a young child in the arms of her TV presenter and writer mother.

At her funeral service in Davington, near Faversham, her body was carried into church in a poignantly-decorated coffin which included a picture of her young family.

Her father, Bob Geldof, is thought to have led tributes in front of a host of well-known personalities, including the Duchess of York, supermodel Kate Moss and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

The church, St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence, was where Peaches married musician Mr Cohen in 2012. It was also where her television presenter mother Paula Yates married Geldof in 1986.

Ms Yates' funeral was held there after she died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41.

Former Boomtown Rats singer Geldof has previously paid tribute to his daughter alongside his partner, Jeanne Marine, and Peaches sisters, Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger, saying she was the "wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us".

A Kent Police spokesman said the force "neither confirmed or denied" the report.

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