Peaches Geldof’s cause of death has been ruled as heroin overdose, a coroner has said.
Peaches Geldof, who died this year at 25, had been a heroin addict and took the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death, the inquest heard.
A police search found 6.9g of heroin in the TV presenter’s house but there was no indication she had planned to take her own life.
Peaches Geldof’s husband, musician Tom Cohen, told the hearing in Gravesend she had started using the drug again in February this year.
Tom Cohen had witnessed Peaches Geldof flushing drugs she had hidden in their loft down the toilet, but was not aware of any other drugs in the house until they were found by police.
In his evidence, the musician said his wife had taken weekly drugs tests since seeking treatment for her addiction two years ago.
Although she had informed him they were clear, Tom Cohen said he now believed Peaches Geldof had been lying about the tests.
Tom Cohen, who married Peaches Geldof in 2012, found his wife slumped on the bed at their home in Wrotham in Kent on April 7 after becoming concerned when she failed to answer the phone.
He had been away for the weekend with the elder of their two sons, Astala, leaving Peaches Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra.
Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose (photo Getty Images)
Peaches Geldof was pronounced dead at the scene.
After a toxicology report was issued in May, the police launched a criminal inquiry “into the supply of drugs” in connection with her death. No arrests have been made so far.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, who led the investigation, said “importation quality” heroin with a purity of 61% – “far exceeding” the 26% purity usually found at street level – was found in a black cloth bag inside a cupboard over a bedroom door.
“The black bag also contained 34 medical syringes, some were with needles and some without, some were sealed in original packaging and some contained traces of a brown colored residue,” he said.
“There were also 45 packaged and sealed syringes, alcohol wipes and cotton buds.”
Police also found a pair of knotted black tights under Peaches Geldof’s body and two other pairs of tights with knots in them elsewhere in the property, along with a number of burnt spoons.
The syringe containing the fatal dose was discovered in a cardboard box next to the bed, which also contained sweets.
Forensic scientist Emma Harris, who had been involved in examining the body, said: “Tolerance to heroin… appears to be lost fairly rapidly when users cease to use the drug, and deaths commonly occur in people who have previously been tolerant and have returned to using heroin.”
Pathologist Peter Jerreat said the levels of heroin in Peaches Geldof’s body were in a “fatal range”; while evidence of codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her blood.
He further noted that puncture wounds were found on Peaches Geldof’s body on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.
Peaches Geldof’s mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 when her daughter was 11 years old.
Pixie Geldof has cancelled a planned DJ performance at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California this weekend following the death of her sister Peaches.
Pixie Geldof has cancelled her Coachella 2014 performance following the death of her sister Peaches
Pixie Geldof has yet to break her silence about the sad loss, but she has pulled out of a Coachella gig on Saturday to mourn Peaches’ sudden passing.
A festival spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Pixie Geldof was scheduled to DJ at The Old Navy Oasis event, but is no longer participating.”
Peaches Geldof, 25, was found dead at her home in Kent, England, on April 7 and initial autopsy results have proved inconclusive. A cause of death is not expected to be determined for several weeks until toxicology results are made available.
In 2011, Peaches Geldof spoke about her health issues, revealing her diet of pizza and chips had shocked doctors and dismissing claims she was anorexic.
Peaches Geldof used to eat McDonald’s, pizza and chips every day until doctors warned that her junk food diet was putting her health at risk, it emerged today.
The 25-year-old admitted before her death she had cholesterol problems in 2011 and “the heart of a 90-year-old gangster” so decided to lose weight.
Peaches Geldof laughed off claims she was anorexic and insisted her weight loss was down to cutting junk food from her diet.
Peaches Geldof used to eat McDonald’s, pizza and chips every day until doctors warned that her junk food diet was putting her health at risk
The mother-of-two said she had been living on “pizza and chips” and was told to improve her lifestyle by shocked doctors, a previously-unpublished interview has revealed.
The comments came as speculation continued to grow over the cause of Peaches Geldof’s death after an autopsy proved to beinconclusive.
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, on Monday. Police described the circumstances as “sudden and unexplained”.
It has been reported that police found no suicide note and no signs of injury or evidence of drugs. Officers using sniffer dogs carried out a thorough search of the family’s home in the days after her death.
Toxicology tests are being carried out but the results could take weeks to come through, prolonging the wait for Peaches Geldof’s family.
Friends had said she looked thin before she died, leading to speculation her weight loss may have put pressure on her heart.
Peaches Geldof had said her juice diet helped her lose 11 lbs in a month.
“I had cholesterol and the doctors said stop eating s***. So I did. If you stop eating pizza and chips you then don’t look like you used to,” she said at a film premiere in 2011.
“Do I really look that thin? Let’s be honest. How did I do it? I just stopped eating McDonald’s and f****** s*** every day.
“I used to eat s*** every single day. I used to wake up with my boyfriend and eat crap. I had the heart of a 90-year-old gangster.”
Peaches Geldof tweeted on Sunday a picture of her one-month-old son Astala wearing a beige knitted hat and a taupe jumper and testing out more looks on her baby today the socialite tried out some wigs on the baby.
Luckily for Astala none of the wigs were actually real, instead Peaches Geldof, 23, edited his pictures using a clip art application to perhaps take a trip into the future and get a glimpse at what her son might look once his locks grow in.
In the first of the cute uploads Peaches Geldof decorated the picture of Astala as she gazed up at the camera with a short grey wig.
She quickly followed that picture with another image but this time the wig was blonde.
Having a blast she then went onto to post a few more images via her Instagram account of the tot baby with an Afro wig and a short blonde bob similar to the hairstyle Victoria Beckham made famous in 2007.
Peaches Geldof edited Astala pictures using a clip art application to perhaps take a trip into the future and get a glimpse at what her son might look once his locks grow in
But it was a picture of the child with a long curly brunette wig that was possibly the closest thing to what he might look like later in life as the hairstyle was similar to that of his father Tom Cohen.
Obviously in awe of the little boy, Peaches Geldof also posted a more sentimental edited picture which was decorated with pink hearts.
Peaches Geldof later shared a close-up shot of her little boy, showing the baby’s adorable face.
Yesterday she posted a series of shots of her little boy on Twitter, showing the tot in various super-cute poses.
Astala is the first child for Peaches Geldof and her fiancé Tom, and she recently spoke about her love for her newborn son.
Speaking about breastfeeding Astala, Peaches Geldof said: “I feed him myself on demand, like mum did with us. The bond I have with Astala when I’m breastfeeding is something which is so incredibly special.
“The realization that I am his source of life, that my body is producing what is keeping him alive is amazing.”
Astala was due on April 24 – the same day as her late mother Paula Yates’s birthday but he arrived six days early by emergency Caesarian section.
But Peaches Geldof said previously that she feels like her mother is watching over her, although she admitted she wished she was here to help her with the baby.
She said: “I’ve felt mum’s presence all the way through my pregnancy and that has been really comforting.
“Becoming a mum has made me feel closer to her than I have ever felt, but it’s also made me miss her more than ever.
“It has been upsetting for me that she hasn’t been around to guide me and advise me and share in it all. She would have been such a cool grandma.”