Bob Geldof has spoken about losing his daughter Peaches Geldof to a drug overdose in 2014.
The writer and socialite was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent in April last year, aged 25. Police said at the time that her death was being treated as “non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden”, but the results of a toxicology report later showed Geldof had heroin in her system.
Speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on Irish station RTE Radio 1 recently, Geldof said that he “half-expected” his daughter’s death.
“Part of me kind of half-expected [it with] Peaches, to be honest with you – the way she was carrying on, there’s nothing you can do about it”.
Geldof continued to say: “This thing of being forever 25, in my head, that’s unbearable, simply because of that cliche – you’re not supposed to see your children die.”
“But she is the one who is with me every second of the day and she is the one who bangs into my consciousness at any moment, especially in any down moment… where I’m not doing something. She’s very present.
“Time does not heal, it accommodates. But it is not accommodating this,” he added.
The Boomtown Rats musicians also remembered how his father broke the news of his mother’s death when he was six: “My Dad came into the room and he just sat on the side of the bed and he just said, ‘Your Mum died last night,’ very baldly. That was a very good lesson for later on in my life.”
A funeral service for Peaches Geldof was held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in the village of Davington, Kent, on April 21, 2014. Her father 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.
Peaches’ death echoed that of her mother, Paula Yates, who died in 2000 after an accidental overdose of heroin.