Friday 28 July 2017

‘The poor girl was going through hell and couldn’t help herself’ – Details of how Peaches desperately tried to hide drug addiction from family revealed

Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THE father of a close friend of the late Peaches Geldof has told of how the young mother begged him not to tell her father about her drug addiction.

Composer James McConnel lost his son Freddy at the age of 18 after a heroin overdose.

Peaches Geldof and her baby son Astala
Peaches Geldof and her baby son Astala

In a diary entry weekds before his death, the 18-year-old wrote that Peaches was visiting him later that day and he would ‘inject for the first time’.

It is believed the pair took drugs together.

Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof

Father James told The Daily Mail: "Was I surprised? Not desperately. I wasn't expecting her to die, but I knew she knew Freddy well.

“I knew she'd been having a rough time. It never really surprises me any more when I hear about youngsters dying of heroin overdoses, because it happens so much."

Peaches phoned James after Freddy’s death in 2011 – he said the call angered him as it seemed she was more concerned with keeping her name out of the story rather than Freddy’s death.

“She was far more concerned about getting into trouble if her father ever found out.

“At the time I thought she was being a spoilt little brat, but now I realise the poor girl was going through hell and couldn't help herself. Now I just feel desperately sorry for her family."

He said he believes it was Peaches who taught his son to inject – but added he doesn’t blame her for his death.

“At that time I wasn't sure she was using. I knew that towards the very, very end she paid Freddy to go and buy drugs and he visited her in Kent, but to be honest, by the time Freddy died the last thing I was thinking about was anybody but him."

"I don't know if she taught him to inject. It looks that way, but it doesn't really matter. If it hadn't been her, it would have been someone else. Now I just think it's so bloody sad."

25-year-old Peaches was found dead in the home she shared with husband Thomas Cohen in April.

Her inquest was told that heroin use was a factor in her death.

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