Peaches Geldof death 'not suspicious'

Last updated 00:49 09/04/2014

Band Aid founder Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches dies.

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Peaches Geldof's body has been released to her family.

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British police say they are investigating the unexplained death of media personality Peaches Geldof and will hand their findings to a coroner.

A post-mortem will be performed in the next few days on 25-year-old Geldof, who was pronounced dead by paramedics at her  home in Wrotham, southeast of London, on Monday.

Kent Police said on Tuesday officers were investigating the  ‘‘unexplained sudden death‘‘, but did not consider it suspicious.

Peaches Geldof was the daughter of Irish musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates, who died of a drug overdose in 2000.

She grew up in the glare of Britain’s press, which revelled in the late-night antics of her teenage years.

More recently, she married for a second time, to musician Tom Cohen, had two children and worked as a broadcaster and writer.

She said her drug-taking years were behind her.

Bob Geldof said the family was ‘‘beyond pain’’.

‘‘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,’’ he wrote in a statement.

Cohen said: ‘‘My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with  their mother in their hearts every day. We shall love her for  ever.’’

Peaches Geldof was just 11 years old when her mother Paula Yates, died from an accidental heroin overdose aged 41.

Yates divorced Bob Geldof in 1996 after forming a relationship with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.

Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room in Sydney, Australia, in 1997, and Yates went on to lose custody of the three daughters she had with Geldof — Peaches, Pixie and Fifi — the following year.

Bob Geldof later adopted Yates and Hutchence’s daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

Geldof’s death came as a shock to Britain’s entertainment and fashion circles.

She was a frequent attendee at fashion shows in London and New York, and was photographed just last week at a  London show for the Tesco brand F&F.

Geldof was a prolific tweeter and the final message she sent on Sunday was a picture of her as a child with her mother, with the  message ‘‘Me and my mum’’.

A host of celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Simon Cowell and Lily Allen paid  tribute.Model Daisy Lowe posted a picture of a broken heart on Twitter.

Geldof’s death was the lead story in many British newspapers on Tuesday, with several using the last photo she posted on Twitter —  of her as a toddler with her mother.

Commentators noted the tragic parallels to the life and death of Yates.

In The Guardian, columnist Hadley Freeman said ‘‘the shock of  Geldof’s death comes from the loss of a young woman — still only 25  - who many of us had followed since her birth, who seemed so close  to finding the stability that had eluded her mother.’’

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