Heroin use killed Peaches Geldof, coroner concludes

Peaches Geldof had been a heroin addict and had been taking the substitute drug methadone in the two and a half years before her death, an inquest in Gravesend has heard.

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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.

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Peaches Geldof inquest to establish cause of death

A post-mortem examination into the death of Peaches Geldof proved inconclusive earlier this year, as a full inquest is due to begin today at Gravesend Old Town Hall in Kent.

Blood and tissue were sent for toxicology testing, which later revealed that heroin had been in her system.

The preliminary inquest in May, which lasted just ten minutes, heard that Peaches' last known contact before she died was a phone call with a friend at 7.45pm on April 6. Her father-in-law saw her at 5pm that day and said she "seemed her normal self".

Roger Hatch, the coroner for north-west Kent, adjourned the full inquest until the end of July so that husband Thomas Cohen and Peaches' father Bob Geldof were able to attend. However, their attendance has not been confirmed.

Full inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof due

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.

Peaches Geldof Credit: PA

At the opening in May, the inquest heard that the 25-year-old's husband had found her in a spare room at the home they shared in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7, with one leg hanging down to the floor and the other tucked underneath her after she failed to answer the phone.

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

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