Heroin 'likely to have played a role' in Peaches death

The inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof opened today in Gravesend. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said heroin use was 'likely' to have contributed to her death.

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Husband found Peaches 'slumped across the bed'

Peaches Geldof's husband Thomas Cohen travelled with his mother to the Kent home the couple shared on Monday 7 April after being unable to contact his 25-year-old wife on the phone, an inquest heard today.

Peaches Geldof, with her husband Tom Cohen. Credit: PA

"Thomas entered the property and located Peaches in the spare bedroom," Mr Fotheringham said. It was apparent that she was dead.

"She was located on the edge of the bed with one leg hanging down to the floor and the other leg tucked underneath her. She was slumped across the bed," Mr Fotheringham added.

Mr Cohen called out to his mother and the pair's youngest child, Phaedra was found in the property, and the emergency services were called.

Mr Fotheringham said the last contact with the late TV presenter is believed to have been at 7.45pm on the Sunday when she had a telephone conversation with a friend.

North West Kent coroner Roger Hatch adjourned the inquest for a full hearing to take place on July 23.

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Heroin 'likely to have played a role' in Peaches death

At the opening of the inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests.

Peaches Geldof took heroin before her death, tests have confirmed. Credit: PA

But he told the hearing: "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."

Her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates, died from an accidental heroin overdose at her London home 14 years ago.


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Bob Geldof gets engaged day of Peaches' inquest

Sir Bob Geldof has proposed to his girlfriend of 18 years today Credit: PA Wire

Sir Bob Geldof has proposed to his girlfriend of 18 years today after an inquest has opened into how his daughter died.

Bob Geldof has proposed to the French actress Jeanne Marine following Peaches Geldof's death last month.

The hearing will open today at 2pm at Gravesend Old Town Hall in Kent.

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Police: Peaches Geldof 'used heroin' before death

Kent police said that toxicology tests confirmed there was evidence of recent heroin use by Peaches Geldof.

The drug played a role in her death, an inquest in Gravesend, Kent, has been told.

Peaches Geldof Credit: PA

Her husband Tom Cohen found his wife in the couple's spare bedroom slumped on the bed, the inquest heard.

Friends and family she had called in the last few hours before her death said she was her normal, happy self and had been making plans for a family outing in the coming days.

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Police 'neither confirm nor deny' Peaches death claim

Kent Police said it "neither confirmed or denied" a report claiming Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose.

The body of the 25-year-old mother-of-two was found at the home she shared with her young family in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7.

Peaches Geldof was found dead at her family home in Wrotham, Kent. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The Times (£) claims tests showed Geldof died from a heroin overdose, in a parallel to her mother Paula Yates, who died at her London home in 2000.

An inquest into Geldof's death is set to open later today.


Peaches 'died from heroin overdose'

The family of Peaches Geldof has refused to comment on reports she died of a heroin overdose, in a parallel to her mother Paula Yates who died at her London home in 2000.

Peaches was found dead at her home in Wrotham on April 7th

A report in the Times claims she died from the overdose after a post-mortem proved inconclusive. Further tests are still due to be carried out.

An inquest into her death opens today at Gravesend Old Town Hall.

A spokesman for the Geldof family said "I cannot confirm anything as an inquest is taking place. The family have no statement."

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