Peaches Geldof, the daughter of singer Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has been found dead at her home in Kent, UK.
The TV presenter and journalist, who was the second daughter of Bob and Paula, leaves behind her second husband Thomas Cohen, the lead singer of the band S.C.U.M, and two sons, Astala and Phaedra who will be two and one years old respectively this month.
A devastated Bob said in a statement: “Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. 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. Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.”
Police confirmed the devastating incident is being treated as an unexplained sudden death with officers working on how to establish the circumstances. There was no sign of stress or anything untoward on the 25-year-old’s social media sites. The last image posted on her Twitter and Instagram picture was of “me and mummy” – an old image of her as a child with Paula Yates, who would’ve celebrated her 54th birthday this month had she not died in September 2000 from an overdose. Her death came three years after the death of her partner, INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence who committed suicide.
Peaches was 11 when her mother died and grieving while in the public eye was not easy on the star, who said in an interview with Elle magazine in 2012: “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’, 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.”
Peaches started her journalism career aged just 14 writing a column for Elle. she later went on to write pieces for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. In 2005 she wrote and starred in the documentary Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind.
Like her sister Pixie she also had catwalk modelling on her CV, making her debut at 2007 for PPQ. Two years later she signed a six-figure deal to model for underwear brand Ultimo.
While she admitted to having experimented with drugs, Peaches was not considered to be a stereotypical ‘wild child’, something which adds even further mystery to her sudden death.
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