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Peaches Geldof's husband found her dead on bed at home after heroin overdose, inquest is told

By Tom Pugh

The husband of Peaches Geldof found her slumped dead on a bed at their family home after she had recently taken heroin, an inquest has heard.

The 25-year-old had one leg hanging down to the floor and the other tucked underneath her in a spare bedroom in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7.

At the opening of her inquest in Gravesend, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said recent heroin use "was likely to have played a role" in her death.

It marks a parallel to the death of her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose at her London home aged 41 in 2000.

Mr Fotheringham described the unsuccessful efforts her husband, musician Tom Cohen, made to contact his wife before he found her body.

Four days before she was discovered, Mr Cohen went with the couple's two sons, Astala (23 months) and 11-month-old Phaedra, to his parents' south-east London home.

Mr Fotheringham said this was a normal arrangement so that he and TV presenter and columnist Ms Geldof could concentrate on their work.

During their time apart, Ms Geldof remained at home in Wrotham and in contact with friends and family, appearing to be her normal self. Mr Fotheringham said the last contact with Ms Geldof is believed to have been at 7.45pm on Sunday April 6 when she had a telephone conversation with a friend.

He went on: "All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including a family outing for her sons for the following weekend.

"There was no cause for concern."

Mr Cohen tried to contact his wife the following morning without success, Mr Fotheringham added.

He then travelled to the family home in Kent with his mother Sue and Astala, arriving at around 1.30pm.

"Thomas entered the property and located Peaches in the spare bedroom," Mr Fotheringham said. It was apparent that she was dead.

"She was located on the edge of the bed with one leg hanging down to the floor and the other leg tucked underneath her. She was slumped across the bed," Mr Fotheringham said.

Mr Cohen called out to his mother and Phaedra, and the emergency services were called.

Police and paramedics arrived and confirmed she was dead. Kent Police started an investigation but the death was "unexplained with no third party" involvement.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Peter Jerreat at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford was inconclusive.

Further tests confirmed the recent taking of heroin, Mr Fotheringham said. He said: "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."

The inquest was adjourned until July 23.

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