Peaches Geldof inquest takes place today

A full inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof, who was found slumped dead on a bed at home after reportedly taking heroin, will take place today.

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Full report into Peaches Geldof inquest

A inquest into the death of model and TV presenter Peaches Geldof has heard that she died from a heroin overdose after starting to use the drug again just a few weeks earlier.

Her musician husband Tom Cohen found the 25-year-old mother of two slumped on a bed surrounded by drugs paraphernalia at their home in Kent in April.

Today the coroner said there was no evidence she intended to take her own life. A police investigation continues into who supplied the drugs that killed her. Watch Sarah Saunders report.

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Peaches' death 'not entirely' history repeating itself

The death of Peaches Geldof was "not entirely" a case of history repeating itself, the coroner has told an inquest.

North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch said: "By November last year she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counselling that she had received.

Peaches Geldof pictured with her mother Paula Yates in 1993. Credit: Robin Kennedy/EMPICS Entertainment

"This was a significant achievement for her, but for reasons we will never know prior to her death she returned to taking heroin."

Ms Geldof's mother, Paula Yates, died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41.


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Police found 79 syringes at Peaches Geldof's home

Police found 79 syringes hidden inside a black cloth bag with "importation quality" heroin at Peaches Geldof's home, an inquest has heard.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, who led the investigation into Ms Geldof's death, said: "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 coloured residue.

Peaches Geldof died at her family home in Wroxham, Kent. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"There were also 45 packaged and sealed syringes, alcohol wipes and cotton buds."

Police also found a pair of knotted black tights under Ms Geldof's body and two other pairs of tights with knots in them elsewhere in the property, likely to have been used while she took the drug.

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Peaches' heroin 'was more than double normal purity'

Police investigating the death of Peaches Geldof found "importation quality" heroin hidden in her home that was more than double the normal level of purity.

Forensic scientist Dr Peter Cain analysed the brown powder found and concluded that it was 6.91 grams of heroin with a purity of 61%.

The coroner ruled Peaches Geldof's death was drug related. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, who led the investigation, told the inquest that the drugs would have been worth £350 to £550.

The officer said that it "far exceeded" the 26% purity usually found at street level.

Investigation continues into who supplied Peaches with heroin that killer her

The inquest into Peaches Geldof's death has found that she died after taking high purity heroin at her home in Wrotham.

There is an ongoing investigation into who supplied Ms Geldof with the heroin.

The last known movements by Peaches on Sunday 6th April saw Peaches post a picture with her mother onto 'Instagram’.

Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham Credit: PA

The last known contact Peaches had is at 7:45pm when she had a telephone conversation with a friend she had recently sent a message to.

Various people, including Thomas Cohen made attempts to contact Peaches as the evening progressed; Thomas made a call to Peaches that night but got no response.

On Monday 7th April, Thomas Cohen made repeated efforts to contact his wife but had no success.

He arrived at the home address with his mother where he went upstairs thinking that Peaches was asleep.

Thomas then located Peaches in a spare bedroom - where it became obvious to him that she was dead.

Peaches was located on the edge of a bed and was slumped forward onto the bed.

Peaches inquest: Drug equipment found next to body

The initial assessment of the scene found that Peaches had taken heroin and collapsed and died on the bed.

Detailed searches of the whole premises took place and located heroin and various items used for the preparation and consumption of heroin.

Next to the bed was a box containing a capped syringe with a small amount of a brown fluid left in the main chamber and some residue/fluid inside the cap - which forensics have found to contain traces of heroin.

Persons taking heroin on a regular basis develop a tolerance to the drug, and such individuals can use doses that would be toxic, or fatal, to people with no tolerance. However, tolerance to heroin (and other opiate drugs) 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”

– Dr Harris


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Evidence suggests high purity heroin killed Peaches

Peaches Geldof died after taking high purity heroin when her body had lost its tolerance to the drug, an inquest has heard.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports from the hearing:

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Peaches hid drugs in loft of family home, husband says

Peaches Geldof hid her drug use from her husband, hiding heroin in the loft of their family, her husband Thomas Cohen told an inquest.

Mr Cohen told the hearing his wife had started taking heroin again in February and he had witnessed her flushing drugs down the toilet at their home in Wrotham, Kent.

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen pictured together in February last year. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The musician confirmed that he had gone to stay with his parents in southeast London with the couple's two sons, Astala, two, and one-year-old Phaedra, and that she had seemed fine when he spoke to her on several occasions over the weekend.

The inquest heard that Mr Cohen's father, Keith, had seen Ms Geldof when he dropped her youngest child home to her and she appeared fine. Mr Cohen said he had last spoken to his wife at 5.40pm on Sunday April 6.

Peaches died night before she was found with son in house

The inquest heard that Peaches' son was in the house with her the night that she died. A pathologist confirmed that she probably died the night before she was found.

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