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Saturday 23 August 2014

Husband 'not a suspect' in Peaches' tragic drug death

Tom Pugh

Published 03/05/2014 | 02:30

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Peaches Geldof, with her second husband Thomas Cohen
Peaches Geldof, with her second husband Thomas Cohen

The husband of Peaches Geldof "is not in any way under suspicion of any involvement" in her death, police said last night.

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Musician Thomas Cohen has not been arrested or interviewed under caution and "there is no plan to do so", said detective chief inspector Paul Fotheringham.

Mr Cohen discovered Ms Geldof (25) dead in a spare bedroom at the family home in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7.

At the opening of her inquest yesterday, Mr Fotheringham revealed that recent heroin use by Ms Geldof "was likely to have played a role" in her death.

The detective also disclosed that drugs paraphernalia was seized from the property on the day she was discovered.

Mr Fotheringham said: "Following recent speculation in the media, I would like to make it clear that Thomas Cohen is not in any way under suspicion of any involvement in Peaches Geldof-Cohen's death or our concurrent investigation into the supply of drugs.

"He has not been arrested or interviewed under caution and there is no plan to do so. The only statement he has provided related to his discovery of Peaches' body."

He added: "Inaccurate reports have also been made suggesting that no drugs paraphernalia was found at the address, with suggestions that the scene had been 'tampered' with prior to police arrival.

"I will confirm that contrary to rumour in the media my officers did seize drugs paraphernalia from the address on April 7."

Ms Geldof's death marks a parallel to the death of her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose at her London home aged 41 in 2000.

At yesterday's inquest, Mr Fotheringham described the unsuccessful efforts that musician Mr Cohen made to contact his wife before he found her body. Four days before she was discovered, Mr Cohen went with the couple's two sons, Astala (23 months) and 11-month-old Phaedra, to his parents' south-east London home.

Mr Fotheringham told the hearing that this was a normal arrangement so that he and TV presenter and columnist Ms Geldof could concentrate on their work.

During their time apart, Ms Geldof remained at home in Wrotham and in contact with friends and family and appeared to be her normal self.

Mr Fotheringham told the inquest: "Throughout this period she maintained telephone contact with family and friends, including contact with Thomas's mother to arrange a family activity, but this was cancelled."

The last contact with Ms Geldof is believed to have been at 7.45pm on the Sunday when she had a telephone conversation with a friend.

He went on: "All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including a family outing for her sons for the following weekend.

"There was no cause for concern."

Mr Cohen tried to contact his wife the following morning without success, Mr Fotheringham added at the inquest.

He then travelled to the family home in Kent with his mother, Sue, and Astala, arriving at around 1.30pm.

"Thomas entered the property and located Peaches in the spare bedroom," Mr Fotheringham said. It was apparent that she was dead. "She was located on the edge of the bed with one leg hanging down to the floor and the other leg tucked underneath her," he added.

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