Monday 19 March 2018

Bob Geldof’s friend says eulogy was ‘the bravest thing I think I’ve ever seen him do’

Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof
Alan McGee, former boss of the Creation record label, attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Alan McGee, a long-term friend of Bob Geldof, has described how moved he was by the musician’s tribute for his daughter at her funeral held earlier this week.

“The bravest thing I think I’ve ever seen him do is give the eulogy to his daughter who has died,” said McGee.

Record label boss McGee, who is known for starting the careers of Primal Scream and Oasis, was one of numerous high-profile guests who showed their respects for Peaches Geldof on Monday at the private service in Kent.

Others included Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Bill Wyman, the Duchess of York, Jo Wood and Nick Grimshaw.

“It was very heavy when I saw Bob help carry his daughter down through the chapel,” McGee told The Mirror.

“It was incredibly tragic but I think he handled it as well as any man could.”

The church in the Kent village of Davington, near Faversham, was the same place that Peaches married musician husband Thomas Cohen in 2012, and also where the funeral was held for her mother, Paula Yates, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2000.

The sky blue coffin of the model and television presented was decorated with a picture of her family – including her husband, two young sons, Astala, 23 months, and Phaedra, 11 months, as well as her pet dogs and cat. Her ashes were thought to be scattered at her father’s nearby estate, Davington Priory.

Geldof was found dead in her home in Wrotham, Kent, on Monday 7 April. Her cause of death is still unknown, after a post-mortem was inconclusive, and is being treated by Kent Police as a “non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death”.

The results of a Toxicology tests are expected in the next few weeks.

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