Kent Police confirm drug use in inquest into death of 25 year-old journalist and socialite
Kent Police have confirmed that heroin use is likely to have been a contributing factor in the death of Peaches Geldof‘s death.
BBC News state that toxicology reports have determined the use of the illegal drug contributed to the death of the 25-year-old journalist and socialite, who passed away on April 7. Heroin has not been established as the cause of death, though police confirm there were “recent levels” of the drug in her body.
At a brief inquest in Gravesend, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, said: “Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death.”
The inquest also confirms that husband Tom Cohen discovered Geldof’s body on a bed in the spare room at their home in Wrotham, Kent. Cohen was with his mother at the time and told her to contact emergency services.
Peaches’ body was formally identified by her father, Bob Geldof, with her death paralleling that of her mother Paula Yates, who died in 2000 after an accidental overdose of heroin. The inquest into Geldof’s death has been postponed until July 23.
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent on April 7. Police said at the time that her death was being treated as “non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden”.
A funeral service for Geldof was held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in the village of Davington, Kent, on April 21. Her father, musician Bob Geldof, led the tributes. Her ashes were believed to have been scattered at Bob Geldof’s Davington Priory country estate. Mourners included musicians Jools Holland, Bill Wyman and Johnny Borrell and former Creation boss Alan McGee.