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LONDON – Heroin likely played a role in the death of British model and television personality Peaches Geldof, authorities said Thursday.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate told an inquest into the death of the second daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof that a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests.
The official statement came hot on the heels of a report in The Times of London newspaper that the 25-year-old died from a heroin overdose.
The news offers a sad echo of the death of her mother, television presenter Paula Yates, who died of a drug overdose in 2000 when Peaches Geldof was 11.
In her final message on Twitter, she posted a photograph of herself as a toddler next to her mother
Geldof died at her home south of London in Kent on April 7. Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained deaths.
Grisly details emerged Thursday from the 10-minute hearing in which Fotheringham discussed the 25-year-old’s final days.
“Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death,” he said.
In the inquest statement into Geldof’s death, the police revealed that her husband, Thomas Cohen, had taken the pair’s two young sons, Astala and Phaedra, to his parents’ house on April 3, “a normal occurrence that enables Peaches and Thomas to complete work within their respective careers.”
The pair had talked on the telephone over the next couple of days, and on April 5, Geldof had met with some friends.
It is believed that Geldof’s father-in-law brought her younger child, Phaedra, back to her in Kent on April 6. That day and evening she was in contact with various family members and friends over the telephone.
On the morning of April 7, Cohen made repeated efforts to contact his wife to no avail and went to their house in Kent with his mother to find Peaches dead in a spare room.
“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,” the police statement said.
Police were called, and then paramedics arrived and confirmed that she had died.
A post-mortem at the home was carried by Dr. Peter Jerreatt, a forensic pathologist, and initial findings on cause of death were inconclusive.
Forensic samples were obtained and sent for examination with the results concluding there was recent use of heroin and that the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death.
There is currently an ongoing police investigation into this incident on behalf of the coroner.
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