Thursday 18 January 2018

Peaches post mortem 'in few days'

Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25
Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25

A post mortem into the death of Peaches Geldof will be carried out "in the next few days", police have said.

The 25-year-old mother-of-two was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, after officers were called "following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman", a force spokesman said .

Shortly after the news of the tragic death broke, her father Bob Geldof released a touching tribute in which he relayed how the family were suffering "beyond pain".

The investigation into her death, which is being treated as "non-suspicious, but an unexplained sudden death", is continuing, with a post mortem and possible cause of death expected this week.

Naming Peaches as the deceased, a Kent police spokesman said: "Officers were called to the 25-year-old's home in Fairseat Lane, Wrotham at 1.35pm on Monday, 7 April 2014. Peaches was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The death is being treated as a non-suspicious, but an unexplained sudden death.

"Officers are working to establish the circumstances and will be compiling a report of their findings for the coroner. It is expected that a post-mortem examination will be carried out in the next few days."

Peaches was a prolific tweeter and the final message she sent on April 6 was a picture of her as a child with her mother, with the message "Me and my mum". She had two young sons with her second husband, musician Tom Cohen.

Dad Bob Geldof said: " She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.

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

"We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is.

"Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken."

The statement was signed Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.

Husband Tom said: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day. We shall love her for ever."

Peaches was just 11 years old when her mother Paula Yates, died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41.

Yates divorced Bob Geldof in 1996 after forming a relationship with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.

Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room in Sydney, Australia, in 1997, and Yates went on to lose custody of the three daughters she had with Geldof - Peaches, Pixie and Fifi - the following year.

Bob Geldof later adopted Yates and Hutchence's daughter H eavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

Peaches' oldest son Astala is 23 months old, while 11-month-old Phaedra was born on what would have been her mother's 54th birthday.

She was 19 when she married US musician Max Drummey at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas in August 2008. The couple announced that they had decided to split amicably in February 2009 before divorcing in 2011.

Peaches married Tom, lead singer of south-east London band Scum, in September 2012 at the church in Davington, Kent, where her parents married 26 years earlier. It was also where her mother's funeral was held.

Among the celebrities paying tribute online were This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Phillip, who appeared with Peaches on the ITV show, wrote: "Utterly stunned at the terrible news of the death of Peaches Geldof! The dreadful loss of a really lovely woman."

Holly said: "Just heard about Peaches, so unbelievably tragic. So shocked and sad. Sending my thoughts and love to her family."

Singer Ellie Goulding said: "Even if you think you've got it all figured out, some things still can't be explained or understood. Two beautiful children. RIP Peaches."

Model Daisy Lowe posted a picture of a broken heart on Twitter.

Lily Allen said: "My thoughts are with Peaches' family at this awful time. I hope they get to grieve in peace. Peaches, rest in peace gorgeous girl."

Her elder sister paid tribute, posting a picture earlier today of the two of them together when young children.

Fifi Trixibelle posted on Instagram: "My beautiful baby sister.... Gone but never forgotten. I love you Peaches x."

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