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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Stars attend Peaches Geldof funeral

Published 21/04/2014 | 11:37

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The coffin of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Sir Bob Geldof, arrives at his home ahead of her funeral service at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent.
The funeral of Peaches Geldof will be held at the same church where her mother Paula Yates was laid to rest
Jo Wood arrives for the funeral service of Peaches Geldof.

Celebrity mourners joined friends and family to bid a final farewell to tragic Peaches Geldof at the model and television presenter's funeral.

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A poignantly decorated coffin which included a picture of her young family carried the 25-year-old's remains to the private service in the same church where the funeral of her mother Paula Yates was held.

Sir Bob Geldof is thought to have led tributes to his daughter in front of a host of well-known personalities at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in the village of Davington, near Faversham in Kent.

They included Sarah Ferguson, supermodel Kate Moss, Four Weddings and a Funeral screenwriter Richard Curtis, musician and television personality Jools Holland, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter Nick Grimshaw.

Peaches' coffin was painted sky blue, with clouds and flowers along the side and a picture of her family and pets at the back.

Around an hour and 45 minutes after arriving, the hearse which had transported the socialite's remains left without the coffin.

Dozens of locals gathered outside the church, which is where Peaches married musician Tom Cohen, the father of her children, in 2012.

It is also where television presenter Paula married Sir Bob in 1986.

Paula's funeral was held there after she died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41.

There were bouquets and cards left outside the entrance to Davington Priory, Sir Bob's country estate next to the church, where Peaches grew up.

Written in chalk on the church's wall, a message read "RIP Peaches".

Mystery still surrounds her sudden death on April 7.

Her body was found at the home she shared with her husband and their two young sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra, in Wrotham, Kent, after officers were called "following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman".

Former Boomtown Rats singer Sir Bob paid tribute to his daughter alongside his partner Jeanne Marine and Ms Geldof's sisters Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger, saying she was the "wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us".

Kent Police said it was being treated as a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death".

An inquest is not expected to be opened and adjourned by the coroner until after the results of toxicology tests are known.

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