7 Apr 2014

‘Beautiful child’ Peaches Geldof dies aged 25

Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has died aged 25. She had two young children. In a statement, her father called her a “beautiful child” and said: “We are beyond pain.”

Geldof is the daughter of the late Paula Yates, who was found dead at her home in London of a heroin overdose in 2000.

“At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden,” said Kent police.

In a statement, Bob Geldof, 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. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken. Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.”

Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. Bob Geldof

Her husband Thomas Cohen 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 everyday. We shall love her forever. Thomas Astala and Phaedra Geldof-Cohen”

On Sunday, Peaches Geldof posted a picture on Instagram (below) of herself with her mother.

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Julia White, head of showbiz and lifestyle at Yahoo, told Channel 4 News: “The fact that Peaches’ last tweet referenced her mother Paula Yates – with simply a photo of the two of them – makes it all the more poignant.

“And what’s more, the mum of-two had seemed so blissfully happy in recent years since she gave birth to her two little boys – who clearly were her everything, right until the end.”

Katie Hind, the Sunday People’s showbiz editor, told Channel 4 News: “This is a huge shock. I saw her at a fashion event last week and she seemed to be in a really good place. She always had her friends around her.”

Lucie Cave, editor-in-chief of Heat Magazine, told Channel 4 News that Peaches “was very bright, very opinionated, a tough nut to crack”.

I saw her at a fashion event last week and she seemed in a really good place. Katie Hind, Sunday People

She added that Peaches “was very much affected by the death of her mother but she had grown up into this loving mum and seemed to be in a happy place”.

In 2009 Geldof was signed to a six-figure modelling deal to become the face of the Miss Ultimo collection, but was dropped in March 2010 after nude pictures and allegations of drug use were posted online.

She married Max Drummey, an American musician from the band Chester French, at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas in 2008. The couple divorced in 2011.

She subsequently married Thomas Cohen, lead singer of the south east London band S.C.U.M. The couple have two young sons.

In 2009 she told Fearne Cotton in a documentary that she was a Scientologist.

On Channel 4 News on Monday evening we said Katie Hopkins appeared on This Morning with Peaches Geldof last week. It was in fact in November 2013.