The examination was carried out this morning and further test results are currently being awaited to establish the exact cause of death. There has been speculation in the UK media today that she died after using drugs and alcohol. No suicide note was left. An inquest will be opened at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Wednesday (September 20).
The 41-year-old was found by her four-year-old daughter, Tiger Lily, who told a friend of Ms Yates that she was unable to wake her mother. Tiger is her daughter by late INXS singer Michael Hutchence.
Ms Yates also has three daughters – Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie, by her ex-husband Bob Geldof, the former Boomtown Rat and Live Aid mastermind turned TV mogul.
Michael Hutchence‘s father Kell, speaking from Australia, said that Tiger was being cared for by Geldof and added: “As far as the custody of Tiger is concerned, I feel she is in very good hands. My heart goes out to Bob Geldof and my little granddaughter Tiger Lily, who I feel for so much at this tragic hour.”
Former colleagues and friends have been paying tribute to Ms Yates, who found fame as presenter of cult ’80s rock show The Tube. Her co-presenter Jools Holland, a friend for 23 years, said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of my very dear friend”. Andrea Wonfor, head of programming at Tyne Tees, who made The Tube, described her as “a true original and a unique rock and roll talent,” adding: “[She was] Beautiful, hugely intelligent and feisty, with a wicked sense of humour. She played a crucial part co-presenting with Jools Holland, in creating ‘in your face’ television which The Tube pioneered in the ’80s. The world will be a duller place without her.”