An inquest in the UK has heard that heroin probably played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof.
Forensic tests found the drug in the system of Peaches, 25, who died at her family home in Wrotham, Kent, in southern England last month, while alone with one of her two young sons.
“There was recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death,” Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said in a statement at the opening of the inquest into Geldof’s death.
It brought back memories of that of her mother, television presenter Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose aged 41 in 2000 while alone with her youngest daughter, Tiger Lily, then aged four.
Peaches Geldof had been a regular on London’s party scene for years but, after becoming a mother, she quit the city for country life.
At the time of her death, she was a columnist for Mother & Baby magazine, writing that “being a mum is the best thing in my life” and that she was “happier than ever”.