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Heroin had role in Peaches Geldof's death

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Peaches Geldof

A coroner has concluded today (July 23) that Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related and that heroin had played a part in her death.

North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch delivered his findings at the inquest at Gravesend Coroner's Office.

Pathologist Peter Jerreat had said puncture wounds were found on Peaches Geldof's body along her wrists and thumbs, and that the levels of heroin in her body were in a "fatal range".

The TV presenter had been a heroin addict, and was taking the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death. Her husband, musician Thomas Cohen, told the hearing that she had started using heroin again in February this year.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham also told the hearing that recent heroin use "was likely to have played a role" in her death.

Geldof, the daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent on April 7.

Police investigating her death found 6.9g of heroin in her house along with drug paraphernalia.  

Coroner Roger Hatch said that he believed that she had lost the tolerance to heroin she had previously built up, therefore the purity of the heroin found in her home had a fatal impact.

Geldof and Cohen married in 2012 and had two sons together, Astala and Phaedra.

Police described her death as "sudden and unexplained" after her body was found.

Bob Geldof opened up about Geldof's death for the first time in an interview with Lorraine Kelly earlier this month.

He said that the loss was "still very raw", explaining: "I'm walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there's an awareness of her – and you know, I buckle.

"And I've got to be very careful because walking down the Kings Road there are paps [paparazzi] everywhere so I have to duck off into a lane or something, and blub for a while and then get on with it and that's it, so I'd imagine that will be there for a long time. I mean what else?"

He added: "It's intolerable; it's very hard as everybody must realise, especially if it happened to them too, and what else do you do, you get on with it."

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