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Fifi Geldof shares touching picture with late sister Peaches on anniversary of her death

Published 07/04/2015 | 10:33

Peaches Geldof with sister Fifi Geldof
Pic: Fifi Geldof/Instagram
Peaches Geldof with sister Fifi Geldof Pic: Fifi Geldof/Instagram

Fifi Geldof has shared a photo of herself with her younger sister Peaches on the anniversary of her death.

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The two little girls were photographed standing side by side and wearing matching dresses for the image which was taken when they were young children.

"A year ago today and I miss you with all my being," Fifi wrote in the caption underneath.

Mum-of-two Peaches was found dead in her home a year ago today following a heroin overdose.

Peaches Geldof with sister Fifi Geldof
Pic: Fifi Geldof/Instagram
Peaches Geldof with sister Fifi Geldof Pic: Fifi Geldof/Instagram
Peaches Geldof - The 23-year-old only gave birth to Astala, her son with husband Tom Cohen seven months ago. So it was quite the surprise when she announced that she is pregnant with her second son.
Peaches Geldof
Peaches

Read more here: Peaches Geldof killed by heroin  

The body of the 25-year-old was discovered by her husband Thomas Cohen. She had just turned 25 and was mum three-year-old Astala and 23-month-old Phaedra.

Phaedra was found in a nearby bedroom by Thomas and his mother.

Their eldest son Astala stayed the night with his father in his grandparents' home.

Fifi posted this throwback photo after his sister's death
Fifi posted this throwback photo after his sister's death
Brendan O'Connor and Peaches Geldof on the set of the Saturday Night Show
Peaches Geldof

Thomas and his mother rushed to his marital home after attempting to get Peaches on the phone several times that morning but to no avail.

Read more here: Peaches had a syringe in sweet box next to her bed  

An inquest into the young mum's death last July heard she had started taking heroin again in February 2014 after taking the substitute methadone for three years.

Her husband was not aware his wife was taking heroin again. He believed that his wife had beaten the habit.

Fifi Trixibelle Geldof
Fifi Trixibelle Geldof
Fifi Trixibelle Geldof with fiance Andrew Roberston
Bob Geldof, Paula Yates and five-year-old daughter Fifi Trixiebelle, show off baby Peaches, in 1989. Photo: Martin Keene/PA Wire
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates with baby Peaches and older sister Fifi in 1989
Bob Geldof with daughters Fifi, Tiger-Lily, Pixie and Peaches
Peaches Geldof (25) died on April 7 of a heroin overdose in April.
Peaches Geldof

The extent of her secret addiction was laid bare before the coroner's court.

Read more here: Bob Geldof to marry long term love Jeanne, in church where family funerals took place  

The inquest heard that police found burned spoons, stashes of heroin bags and some 79 syringes were found hidden in the home.

The inquest was told that police were satisfied that Peaches did not intend to take her own life and was happily planning a future for her family and friends.

Peaches Geldof and her baby son Astala
Peaches Geldof and her baby son Astala
‘With addiction, there are some who say that it’s a disease, others that it’s voluntary. I think that people are a certain way’ — with the late Peaches at London Fashion Week in February 2009

Mr Cohen told the inquest that he had gone to stay with his parents in south east London with the couple's two sons, Astala, two, and one-year-old Phaedra, in the days leading up to his wife's death.

Read more here: Thomas Cohen looks to Peaches Geldof’s friend Georgia for support  

She had seemed fine when he spoke to her on several occasions over the weekend, he told the hearing.

His father, Keith, had seen Peaches when he dropped the younger child home to her and did not notice anything amiss.

Mr Cohen said he had last spoken to his wife at 5.40pm on Sunday April 6 but, after failing to get hold of her the next day, he and his mother returned to the property with Astala and found Peaches' body.

Read more here: We are a normal family, and one of us didn't make it  

Her last known movements included posting a picture of herself with her mother Paula Yates on social networking site Instagram with the comment "me and my mum" and watching The Dog Whisperer TV show on YouTube.

The model had been having weekly drugs tests which she told her husband were negative but he became concerned that she might be taking heroin again, the inquest heard.

Mr Cohen told the inquest that he had found a message on Peaches' phone in February suggesting that she had returned to heroin use.

Read more here: Bob Geldof on Peaches’ death and music as catharsis: ‘For two hours I forget it’  

Later he witnessed how she retrieved drugs she had hidden in the loft of their home and flushed them down the toilet.

Coroner Roger Hatch said Ms Geldof's death had been "drugs-related".

He told the hearing that, although she had struggled to come off methadone, by November 2013  Ms Geldof was found to be free of heroin and reducing her methadone.

"It's said that the death of Peaches Geldof-Cohen is history repeating itself, but this is not entirely so," he said.

Read more here: Fifi Geldof reveals 20-year battle with depression, just months after Peaches' death  

"By November last year she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counselling that she had received. This was a significant achievement for her but, for reasons we will never know, prior to her death she returned to taking heroin, with the fatal consequences that we have heard here today.

"I therefore find that the death of Peaches Geldof was drug-related and I express my sympathy to her family."

Her last known movements included posting a picture of herself with her mother Paula Yates on social networking site Instagram with the comment "me and my mum". Yates was also found dead from a heroin overdose in September 2000.

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