Peaches Geldof’s cause of death has been ruled as heroin overdose, a coroner has said.
Peaches Geldof, who died this year at 25, had been a heroin addict and took the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death, the inquest heard.
A police search found 6.9g of heroin in the TV presenter’s house but there was no indication she had planned to take her own life.
Peaches Geldof’s husband, musician Tom Cohen, told the hearing in Gravesend she had started using the drug again in February this year.
Tom Cohen had witnessed Peaches Geldof flushing drugs she had hidden in their loft down the toilet, but was not aware of any other drugs in the house until they were found by police.
In his evidence, the musician said his wife had taken weekly drugs tests since seeking treatment for her addiction two years ago.
Although she had informed him they were clear, Tom Cohen said he now believed Peaches Geldof had been lying about the tests.
Tom Cohen, who married Peaches Geldof in 2012, found his wife slumped on the bed at their home in Wrotham in Kent on April 7 after becoming concerned when she failed to answer the phone.
He had been away for the weekend with the elder of their two sons, Astala, leaving Peaches Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra.
Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose (photo Getty Images)
Peaches Geldof was pronounced dead at the scene.
After a toxicology report was issued in May, the police launched a criminal inquiry “into the supply of drugs” in connection with her death. No arrests have been made so far.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, who led the investigation, said “importation quality” heroin with a purity of 61% – “far exceeding” the 26% purity usually found at street level – was found in a black cloth bag inside a cupboard over a bedroom door.
“The black bag also contained 34 medical syringes, some were with needles and some without, some were sealed in original packaging and some contained traces of a brown colored residue,” he said.
“There were also 45 packaged and sealed syringes, alcohol wipes and cotton buds.”
Police also found a pair of knotted black tights under Peaches Geldof’s body and two other pairs of tights with knots in them elsewhere in the property, along with a number of burnt spoons.
The syringe containing the fatal dose was discovered in a cardboard box next to the bed, which also contained sweets.
Forensic scientist Emma Harris, who had been involved in examining the body, said: “Tolerance to heroin… appears to be lost fairly rapidly when users cease to use the drug, and deaths commonly occur in people who have previously been tolerant and have returned to using heroin.”
Pathologist Peter Jerreat said the levels of heroin in Peaches Geldof’s body were in a “fatal range”; while evidence of codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her blood.
He further noted that puncture wounds were found on Peaches Geldof’s body on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.
Peaches Geldof’s mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 when her daughter was 11 years old.
Family and friends have paid their last respects to Peaches Geldof, at her funeral in Kent.
Mourners included Sarah Ferguson, Nick Grimshaw, Bill Wyman and Kate Moss.
Peaches Geldof’s father, Sir Bob Geldof, was due to give a eulogy during the service, in the church where she was married two years ago.
It is also where the funeral was held for her mother Paula Yates in 2000.
Peaches Geldof, 25, died suddenly two weeks ago at her home.
Flowers were laid outside the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, on Monday morning.
Located next to Bob Geldof’s Davington Priory country estate, where Peaches grew up, the streets were lined with well-wishers and photographers ahead of the service.
A hearse carrying her sky blue coffin drew into the estate shortly before 13:00 BST. It was adorned with a painted picture of Peaches Geldof, her husband Thomas Cohen, their two young sons and pet dogs.
Peaches Geldof’s blue coffin was adorned with a painted picture of herself, her husband, their two young sons and pet dogs
The funeral, at which Peaches Geldof’s younger sister Pixie had also been expected to speak, was private.
Peaches Geldof’s ashes are expected to be scattered in the estate’s garden.
Her body was found on April 7 at the home she shared with her husband, musician Thomas Cohen and their sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra, in Wrotham, Kent.
Peaches Geldof’s cause of death is not yet known as a post-mortem test was inconclusive.
The results of toxicology tests are expected in the coming weeks, after which an inquest is expected to be opened.
Police have said the death is being treated as a “non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death”.
Bob Geldof, the former frontman of The Boomtown Rats, previously described his daughter as the “wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us”.
St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church is also where Bob Geldof and television presenter Paula Yates married in 1986.
Peaches Geldof autopsy has proved inconclusive, and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine cause of death, police say.
Peaches Geldof, 25, daughter of musician and campaigner Bob Geldof, was found dead at her home in Kent on Monday.
Police said at the time that her death was being treated as “non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden”.
The toxicology tests could take “several weeks” to come through, police said on Wednesday.
“Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death in order to compile a report for the coroner,” they added in a statement.
Kent County Council has said it will make “a decision on whether there needs to be an inquest” based on the final results of the autopsy.
Peaches Geldof autopsy has proved inconclusive, and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine cause of death
Officers had been called to the home Peaches Geldof shared with her husband, singer Thomas Cohen, and their two young children following “a report of concern for the welfare of a woman”. Peaches Geldof was pronounced dead at the scene.
The news of her death was met by shock and grief from friends and family.
Peaches Geldof was 11 when her own mother died.
TV presenter Paula Yates died of a drug overdose in September 2000. In September 2012 Peaches Geldof said she had not been able to come to terms with her mother’s death for several years.
Her final tweet on Sunday was a picture of her as a child in her mother’s arms, with the message: “Me and my mum.”
Peaches Geldof’s last column for Mother and Baby magazine was published posthumously on Tuesday.
Peaches Geldof post-mortem examination will take place on Wednesday, Kent County Council have confirmed.
Peaches Geldof , 25, was found dead at her Kent home, on Monday.
In a statement, the council said: “A decision on whether there needs to be an inquest depends upon the final results of the post mortem.”
The council added that it “could take some weeks” for those results.
Peaches Geldof was the second daughter of musician and campaigner Bob Geldof and Paula Yates.
Kent Police said earlier that her death was being treated as “non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden”.
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her Kent home at the age of 25 (photo Getty Images)
Fifi Trixibelle Geldof paid tribute to her sister Peaches earlier on Tuesday and posted on Instagram: “My beautiful baby sister…. Gone but never forgotten. I love you Peaches x.”
Irish President Michael D. Higgins also paid tribute to the writer, TV presenter and model.
Susan Sarandon, Boy George, politician Martin McGuinness and TV presenter Davina McCall have also offered condolences.
Peaches Geldof’s father Bob said his family are “beyond pain” following the news.
President Michael D. Higgins, who was due to meet Bob Geldof this week during a state visit to Britain, said his thoughts were with the family.
Peaches Geldof had two young sons with her second husband, musician Tom Cohen. She was 11 when her own mother died.
In a family statement issued on Monday night, Bob Geldof said: “She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.
“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. How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken.”
The statement was signed Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.
Tom 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 forever.”
Bob Geldof was knighted in 1986 for his work in organizing Live Aid and other concerts that raised millions for the starving people of Africa. He first gained prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats in the 1970s.
Paula Yates, who was famous for presenting Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast and music show The Tube, died of a heroin overdose in September 2000.
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