Skip to main content

Heroin likely to have played role in Peaches Geldof's death, inquest hears

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
updated 3:04 PM EDT, Thu May 1, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Forensic experts concluded "there was recent use of heroin," police officer says
  • The 25-year-old TV presenter and model was found dead at her home last month
  • Her husband, rock musician Thomas Cohen, found her body, police officer tells inquest
  • The couple's younger son, Phaedra, was in the house at the time, he says

London (CNN) -- Heroin is likely to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, an inquest hearing heard Thursday.

The 25-year-old TV presenter was found dead last month at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast of London.

Her sudden death prompted shock in the entertainment world.

Geldof, who was married with two sons under the age of 2, was only 11 years old when her own mother died of a drug overdose.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham told the inquest hearing in Gravesend, Kent, that forensic experts concluded that "there was recent use of heroin and that the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."

Click through to see people who died in 2014. Click through to see people who died in 2014.
People we lost in 2014
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
>
>>
Photos: People we lost in 2014 Photos: People we lost in 2014
A look back at the life of Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof dead at 25

Fotheringham, of the Kent and Essex Police Serious Crime Directorate, also gave an account of the final hours of the model and TV personality's life.

He said Geldof's body was found by her husband, rock musician Tom Cohen, on April 7 after he became concerned when he couldn't contact her.

The couple's younger son, Phaedra, was in the house at the time, having been dropped off by Cohen's father on Sunday afternoon. The musician had taken both the children to spend the weekend at his parents' home.

Having driven to the house with his mother and the couple's elder son, Astala, Cohen found Geldof in a spare bedroom, Fotheringham said.

"It was obvious to him that she was deceased. She was located on the edge of a bed with one leg hanging down to the floor with the other leg tucked underneath her; she was slumped forward across the bed," he said.

"Thomas called for his mother and they quickly located Phaedra and called the emergency services."

Fotheringham said the last known contact between Geldof and anyone else was 7:45 p.m. on April 6, when she spoke by phone with a friend. She had spoken with family and friends throughout the day.

"All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period describe how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including booking a family outing for her sons the following weekend. There was no cause for any concern," the police officer said.

There is an ongoing police investigation into the circumstances of Geldof's death on behalf of the local coroner's office.

Tributes flood in for 'beloved' Peaches Geldof

CNN's Isa Soares and Brooke Bowman contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 9:54 PM EST, Tue December 23, 2014
A decade on from devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Red Cross' Matthias Schmale says that the lessons learned have made us safer.
updated 7:24 PM EST, Tue December 23, 2014
As soon as word broke that "The Interview" will hit some theaters, celebrations erupted across social media -- including from the stars of the film.
updated 1:44 PM EST, Tue December 23, 2014
Did a rogue hacker -- or the U.S. government -- cut the cord for the regime's Internet?
updated 8:06 PM EST, Tue December 23, 2014
Monaco's newborn royals, Princess Gabriella and Crown Prince Jacques Honore Rainier, posed for their first official photos with their parents.
updated 12:06 PM EST, Tue December 23, 2014
Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the world wide web, gives a speech on April 18, 2012 in Lyon, central France, during the World Wide Web 2012 international conference on April 18, 2012 in Lyon.
What's next for the Internet? Acclaimed scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee shares his insights.
updated 3:22 AM EST, Tue December 23, 2014
The United States and North Korea have long been locked in a bitter cycle of escalating and deescalating tensions. But the current cyber conflict may be especially hard to predict.
updated 4:00 PM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
A chilling video shows Boko Haram executing dozens of non-Muslims.
updated 6:34 AM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
New planes, new flight tests ... but will we get cheaper airfares?
updated 12:46 PM EST, Sun December 21, 2014
The killing of two cops could not have happened at a worse time for a city embroiled in a public battle over police-community relations, Errol Louis says.
updated 9:51 PM EST, Sun December 21, 2014
The gateway to Japan's capital, Tokyo Station, is celebrating its centennial this month -- and it has never looked better.
updated 11:21 AM EST, Sat December 20, 2014
Unicef has warned that more than 1.7 million children in conflict-torn areas of eastern Ukraine face an "extremely serious" situation.
updated 12:01 PM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT