Kent police issued a statement saying the death of a
25-year-old woman, whom they did not identify, was being treated
as a "non-suspicious but unexplained sudden death".
Bob Geldof, the Irish singer who rose to prominence as the
leader of the 1970s-1980s band the Boomtown Rats, and later
organized the charity Band Aid and the Live Aid concerts to
raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia, said in a statement
that the family were "beyond pain".
Peaches' husband, rock musician Thomas Cohen, issued a statement
saying: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her
two sons ... I shall bring them up with their mother in their
hearts every day. We shall love her forever."
Making an early debut in the London glamour and society scene,
Peaches Geldof wrote a weekly social and political column for
the Daily Telegraph from the ages of 14 to 17 and also
contributed to the Guardian.
She was often seen partying and clubbing in London's vibrant
night scene but firmly denied using drugs.
Married for the second time after a first marriage that lasted
only six months, she had two sons with Cohen, both under 2 years
LOST MOTHER AT 11
Peaches was only 11 when she and her two sisters, Pixie and Fifi
Trixibelle, lost their mother, the television presenter Paula
Yates was married to Geldof from 1986 to 1996 but left him for
the Australian rock star Michael Hutchence, who committed
suicide in 1997. Yates died three years later from a heroin
overdose, aged 41.
After Yates's death, Geldof brought up Tiger Lily, Yates's
daughter with Hutchence, alongside her three half-sisters.
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Peaches' last Twitter post, on Sunday, was a photograph of herself
and her mother. In an interview with Elle magazine in 2013, Geldof
had said that, when her mother died, "I just blocked it out".
"I didn't grieve. I didn't cry at her funeral. I couldn't express
anything because I was just numb to it all. I didn't start grieving
for my mother properly until I was maybe 16."
Her father issued a statement on behalf of the family that said:
"She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most
bonkers of all of us. 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."
He described the family as "fractured so often but never broken".
Twitter was immediately filled with messages from fans and
followers, including one that read: "Heaven gained a beautiful angel
R.I.P beautiful girl."
Peaches Geldof also wrote a column for the British magazine "Mother
& Baby", whose editor Claire Irvin told Sky News:
"She was absolutely unique and she brought her own thinking and take
on anything I ever had to do with her. But the biggest legacy is
going to be those two boys, and the love that she poured into them."
(Editing by Michael Roddy and Kevin Liffey)
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