Geldof family 'beyond pain' after mystery death of Peaches, 25

Mystery of Live Aid legend's daughter after she tweeted a photo of herself with tragic mother

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2014, 8:45pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2014, 1:04am

Rock musician Bob Geldof said his family was struggling to come to terms with the latest chapter in its tragic history after the sudden death of his daughter Peaches at the age of just 25.

The journalist and model was pronounced dead by an ambulance crew called to her home on southern England's Kent coast at 1.35pm after "a report of concern for the welfare of a woman".

A postmortem examination will take place today. Police declined to confirm or deny reports that neither drugs or a suicide note were found at the home, where inquiries were continuing.

The news broke 24 hours after Peaches, who had an army of 169,000 followers on Twitter, posted a picture of herself as a toddler being held by her mother, the former television presenter Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose in September 2000. She captioned it simply, "Me and my mum".

Her father, who was an organiser of the Live Aid concert in 1985, issued a statement on behalf of his family, which he described as "fractured so often, but never broken".

He said: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. 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."

Peaches was married to Thomas Cohen, a 23-year-old musician, who she wed at the church in Davington, Kent, where her parents married 26 years earlier. It was also where her mother's funeral was held in 2000. They had two young sons, Astala, nearly two, and Phaedra who will turn one this month.

"Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family," Bob Geldof continued, before signing off on behalf of himself and his partner Jeanne Marine, Peaches' older sister Fifi Trixibelle, her younger sister Pixie and her younger half-sister Tiger Geldof, whose father, the INXS front man Michael Hutchence, killed himself in a Sydney hotel room in 1997.

Peaches' most recent appearances included attending a fashion show for supermarket Tesco, taking part in a challenge for the charity Sport Relief with her dog Parper and backing a campaign for Cancer Research UK.

Her death was received with shock by colleagues in the entertainment industry. Television presenter Phillip Schofield said he was "utterly stunned" at "the dreadful loss of a really lovely woman". Singer Myleene Klass tweeted: "The news of beautiful Peaches is utterly devastating. God bless her babies."

Geldof was 11 when her mother was found dead at her home in central London, on the day of her younger sister Pixie's 10th birthday. Yates' youngest daughter, Tiger Lily, then aged four, was found in the same room as her mother's body.

Bob Geldof, father to the oldest three girls, did his best to create a stable family home for the girls. Having fought for sole legal custody of his three biological daughters after Yates left him for Hutchence, he took on the legal guardianship of Tiger Lily, later adopting her formally.

While her older sister Fifi always preferred to shun the limelight, Peaches never seemed quite able to resist its allure.

Although she had built a stable family unit of her own in recent years, she was long a tabloid-friendly "wild child", her party lifestyle attracting attention from the paparazzi.

After photographs emerged of the 17-year-old Peaches holding what appeared to be a tube of paper that might be used for snorting cocaine, she angrily denied that she took drugs and said it was a rolled up cigarette. "I've never done coke," she said.

But in 2008, it emerged she was filmed handing over £190 in cash to a man who had also allegedly supplied drugs to singer Amy Winehouse.

She was heard commenting: "I'm going to need Valium tomorrow after this." She was interviewed by police but not arrested.

By the age of 19, Peaches had acquired 11 tattoos and her first husband, Max Drummey, an American musician. The pair had been dating for just a week before they married in Las Vegas.

Her father dismissed it as "a bit silly" and Peaches herself said later that the marriage was "a bit nuts". They divorced in 2011.

By the following year, she had married Cohen and her father joked that it was a "relief" to see her married off.

Peaches told
Hello! magazine, to which she sold the wedding pictures: "Mum loved family celebrations … I know she is watching over me and feeling so happy for us."