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Sunday 31 August 2014

Peaches Geldof's childhood nanny pays tribute to her 'beautiful girl'

Tribute comes as British media reports that baby Phaedra (11 months) was with his mother at time of death

Published 11/04/2014 | 08:54

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The childhood nanny of Peaches Geldof has paid tribute to the "beautiful girl" who "almost made it".

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Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Anita Debney described Bob Geldof's daughter as "the greatest joy, the greatest blessing, the most tender part of my heart and soul".

Anita knew Peaches since she was a toddler, and became closer to her after her mum, TV presenter Paula Yates, passed away from a drug overdose when she was just 11 years of age.

Ms Debney told the newspaper she saw Peaches last two weeks ago when she called to her home.

The nanny praised the tragic mum of two for her parenting skills, saying she "blossomed" in motherhood and was raising the "sweetest, happiest babies in the world" in the form of sons Astala (2) and baby Phaedra.

Becoming a mum led to Peaches becoming passionate in speaking up for the needs of infants around the world, Ms Debney said.

This was part of the "wonderful legacy" she had left to the world and in this message, she had "almost made it".

Ms Debney's moving tribute comes as some reports in the British media have claimed baby Phaedra was with his mother on the day she died.

Peaches was an advocate of 'attachment parenting' - this meant she barely left her baby son's side and was closely connected to him and her elder son Astala at all times.

It is understood Astala spent the night with his father Tom Cohen at his family home in London on Sunday night.

It's been reported that Phaedra spent the night with his mother and would have slept by her side.

It has been reported that Tom tried contacting his wife on Monday morning, and made numerous attempts.

The reports state that Tom then contacted a family friend to call around to the couple's home.

When the friend couldn't get an answer, police were called.

The young mum was found and pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Police investigating her death say it is not suspicious, but is "sudden and unexplained".

A post-mortem on her remains has proved inconclusive. Her grieving family will have to wait several weeks before a cause of death can be established.

Her remains were yesterday released to her family who are now making arrangements for her funeral.

Peaches was the second daughter of anti-poverty campaigner and musician Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates.

She has three sisters - Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily (17) is the daughter of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and Yates. Hutchence died from a suspected suicide in an Australian hotel room in 1997.

Paula Yates passed away in 2000.

Geldof adopted Tiger Lily and reared her alongside her three older sisters.

On Monday, Bob (62) paid an emotional tribute to his "beautiful child" and said their family was "beyond pain" following her untimely passing.

Her husband Tom said his was wife was "adored" and that he would raise their two sons with the memory of their late mother in their hearts.

On Wednesday, Bob visited Tom and his two grandsons. Bob has vowed Peaches' husband and sons will remain part of his family forever.

Irish Independent

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