Peaches Geldof, daughter of Band Aid founder and Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof has died, aged 25.
The mother of two was reportedly found dead at 1.35pm on Monday, in her home in Wrotham, south east England,
Police say the death is being treated as “unexplained and sudden.”
Bob Geldof confirmed her death. “We are beyond pain,” he said. “She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.”
Her husband, musician Thomas Cohen has also released a statement saying:
“My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons. I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever.”
She had previously been married to rock musician Max Drummey, but after a six-month marriage the couple separated in 2009.
She was the second daughter of Bob Geldof and television presenter Paula Yates, who died of a drug overdose when Peaches was just 11 years old. In a 2012 interview in Elle magazine, Pecahes admitted she had struggled to come to terms with her mother’s death.
“I remember the day my mother died, and it’s still hard to talk about it. I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father’s mentality was ‘keep calm and carry on’,” she said.
“So we all went to school and tried to act as if nothing had happened. But it had happened. I didn’t grieve. I didn’t cry at her funeral. I couldn’t express anything because I was just numb to it all. I didn’t start grieving for my mother properly until I was maybe 16.”
On Sunday Peaches posted what was to become the final tweet to her 169,000 followers; a picture of her as a baby, in her mother’s arms.
She leaves her husband and sons Astala and Phaedra; father Bob Geldof; sisters Fifi Trixibelle and Pixie; and younger half-sister, Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.
Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof began a career in media at the age of 15 with a column in Elle magazine. She went on to write for a number of British newspapers and television shows.
Also a model and keen follower of fashion, she was seen at a launch for Tesco’s F&F clothing range a week before her death.
Geldof family statement
Full of shock and disbelief, the Geldof family’s full statement read: “Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. 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.
Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.”