Dave Fanning to attend Peaches Geldof's funeral to support old friend Bob
Published 11/04/2014 | 07:55
RTE's Dave Fanning has said his heart goes out to Bob Geldof following the death of his beloved daughter Peaches.
And he said he would try to show his support by attending Peaches Geldof's funeral if he's still in Britain when it takes place.
The body of the tragic mum-of-two has now been released to her family as they make arrangements for her burial.
The funeral ceremony is expected to take place at the 12th century church where she got married, St Mary Magdalene in Davington beside her dad's home.
"I might go if it's on when I'm there but I wouldn't want to intrude on the family," he said. "I did text Bob just to pass on my condolences. It is a question of just how much grief can be visiting on one family and this just came so out of the blue."
He added how he met Peaches on two separate occasions and he couldn't imagine what her father and family were going through right now.
But he hit out at all the endless rumours in the British media about what could have caused her death. "It's all speculation at this stage and it almost doesn't matter -- it won't change what happened," he continued.
Dave, whose brother was in the same class as Bob in school, added: "I know just how good a father Bob was. It's ludicrously sad, he really is a great dad, he is fantastic, so this will hit him harder than you can imagine."
The veteran DJ will be over in London this weekend for his new BBC6 radio show.
His fast-talking tones will be heard over the other side of the water this Sunday from 1-2pm, as he fronts a programme celebrating the best in Irish rock.
But Dave shook off comparisons to Ryan Tubridy, who regularly fills in for presenters on The Beeb.
"It's not really double jobbing. I only work Sundays on RTE and to me, it's all the one job, it's all playing rock on the radio," he continued.
Asked how the new gig came about, he said they just approached him to see if he was available at the time and it worked for his schedule.