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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Bob Geldof makes first public appearance since Peaches' death

Published 08/05/2014 | 16:56

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Singer Bob Geldof attends a media launch of the Africa Progress Report 2014 in London May 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS)
Singer Bob Geldof attends a media launch of the Africa Progress Report 2014 in London
Singer Bob Geldof attends a media launch of the Africa Progress Report 2014 in London May 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
Singer Bob Geldof attends a media launch of the Africa Progress Report 2014 in London
Singer Bob Geldof attends a media launch of the Africa Progress Report 2014 in London May 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
Singer Bob Geldof attends a media launch of the Africa Progress Report 2014 in London

GRIEVING Bob Geldof (62) has made his first public appearance since the tragic death of his daughter Peaches (25).

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The renowned anti-poverty campaigner made an appearance at the media launch of the Africa Progress Report in London this afternoon.

The singer wore a grey suit and striped shirt and looked on quietly as the launch was made.

He did not speak during the event.

This is the first time the grieving father-of-four has been seen since the death of his second eldest daughter. The Live Aid campaigner is also father to Fifi Trixibelle (31), Pixie (23) and Tiger Lily (17), whom Bob adopted after the death of her mother Paula Yates and father, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.

The body of mum-of-two Peaches was found at the home she shared with husband Tom Cohen and their two baby sons Astala (2) and Phaedra (12 months).

Her body was discovered by her husband Tom (23) at their home in Kent on Monday April 7.

Last week, an inquest into Peaches’ death heard that heroin may “have played a role” in her death.

Peaches’ problems with drugs had been documented during her late teens and early twenties.

However, it was believed that she had turned her life around after marriage and motherhood.

Shortly after his daughter’s death, Geldof issued a poignant statement paying tribute to his daughter.

"Peaches has died. We are beyond pain."

The famous Dublin-born singer and human rights campaigner led the tributes on behalf of his partner Jeanne and Peaches' sisters Fifi, Pixie and Tiger.

"She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," he said.

"Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?"

Adding that the family will "love and cherish her forever", Bob said husband Tom Cohen and her young sons Astala and Phaedra, will remain in the Geldof family, "fractured so often, but never broken."

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