Obituaries

Peaches Geldof Dead at 25

UPDATED: Her father, musician Bob Geldof, issued a statement confirming his daughter's death.
Peaches Geldof
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LONDON -- TV presenter Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has been found dead at her home in Kent.

The 25-year-old celebrity and mother of two is well-known in the U.K. as a writer and model.

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She was married to musician Thomas Cohen, with whom she had two sons, Astala, 1, and Phaedra, who will turn 1 on April 24.

Local police told the BBC that they were called to an address following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman Monday afternoon and added that the 25-year-old woman was later pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service.

"At this stage, the death is being treated as an unexplained sudden death," Kent police told The Hollywood Reporter. "Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death."

Her father, Bob, a tireless charity campaigner and former lead singer of Irish rock group The Boomtown Rats, issued a statement to the press Monday confirming the sad news.

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"Peaches has died. We are beyond pain," the statement read. "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."

The statement was signed "Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof."

Born in 1989, Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof embarked on a media career at the age of 15, when she began writing a column for Elle magazine.

She left home at 16 and went on to contribute to The Telegraph and The Guardian, and presented TV shows including ITV2's OMG! With Peaches Geldof.

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She also worked as a model and last week attended a launch for Tesco's F&F clothing line in London.

Reports of her death quickly circulated online and hit the British TV and radio airwaves.

Her mother, Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose in September 2000 when Peaches was just 11 years old.

Speaking to Elle in 2012, Peaches said she had not come to terms with Yates' death for several years.

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"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."

She was previously married to rock musician Max Drummey, but the pair separated in 2009 after a six-month marriage.

On Sunday she posted the below photo to Instagram: a picture of her as a baby in her mother's arms.

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