Peaches Geldof dead at age 25
Twenty-five-year-old Peaches Geldof, daughter of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, was found dead in her home in Kent, England yesterday.
Nobody knows yet how the young Geldof died, but in her last hours she posted a photograph on Twitter of she and her mother, Paula Yates, ex-wife to Bob Geldof and lover of INXS singer Michael Hutchence.
Though the lives of Peaches’ parents were fraught with controversy, she seemed to lead a somewhat charmed life at first, seen at all the hip parties, doing a spot of DJ-ing, even trying her hand at fashion journalism and modelling. Here she is pictured modelling for underwear brand, Ultimo. She even wrote and presented her own documentary television program, ‘Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind’.
Soon, though, excess drinking and heavy drugs entered the picture and the socialite was being photographed less for her red-carpet looks and more for her shambles-like appearances in nightclubs.
In one well-reported incident in 2008, Peaches was caught on camera allegedly buying drugs from Amy Winehouse’s dealer. Ultimo fired her a couple of years later for another public allegation of drug use, terminating her six-figure contract.
In 2010, her father pleaded with her to go into rehab for an alleged heroin addiction, which she avoided.
Eventually, though, Peaches shied away from the social scene, saying that the memory of her own mother’s overdose stopped her from going further down the spiral.
Her mother, Paula Yates, was found dead in September 2000, when Peaches was only 11, from what has been reported as “an accidental drug overdose”. Yates regularly took heroin and other narcotics, and was constantly in the headlines due to a very public divorce from Bob Geldof and her tumultuous relationship with INXS singer Michael Hutchence.
Upon the death of her mother, Peaches once told the press: “I remember the day my mother died, and it’s still hard to talk about it. I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father’s mentality was ‘keep calm and carry on’.
“So we all went to school and tried to act as if nothing had happened. But it had happened. 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.”
Following her death, her father Bob said in a family statement: “Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and most bonkers of all of us.”
Peaches Geldof leaves behind her husband, punk musician Tom Cohen, and their two sons, Astala Dylan Willow and Phaedra Bloom Forever.