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The eldest sister of Peaches Geldof has been battling with clinical depression for two decades - keeping it a secret from her rock star father.
Fifi Geldof, 31, said she was first diagnosed with the mental illness at the age of 11, following the break-up of her parents, Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof and television presenter Paula Yates.
"I never expressly told my parents. Dad doesn't know. I wouldn't talk to him about it now. I don't have that relationship with my family," she said.
Speaking to The Mail On Sunday, Fifi described how she took drugs, drank heavily and began comfort eating following her mother's death, having previously being treated for clinical depression.
Her mother died from a heroin overdose at her London home in September 2000, while sister Peaches died of a heroin overdose in April this year after losing her battle against addiction to the Class A drug.
A celebrity journalist who knew Peaches Geldof said she doubted the socialite "wanted to die" and her death from a heroin overdose had been a tragic accident.
Katie Hind, who had known Peaches since she was a 17-year-old, felt the young mother of two had been unhappy they day she died.
Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after losing her battle against addiction to the Class A drug, an inquest heard today.
ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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%.
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.
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”
Peaches Geldof was having weekly drugs tests which she had told her husband were negative but he became concerned that she might be, an inquest was told.
North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch said Ms Geldof had been finding it difficult to come off methadone, although she was reducing the dosage because she did not want to take it any more.
ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:
Messages found on phone made Peaches husband suspicious she was on heroin again though months before she seemed to have beaten addiction
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:
Evidence Peaches body had lost tolerance of heroin after she successfully came off so high purity stuff she took killed her
Drugs paraphernalia found in box near where Peaches body was in spare bedroom, post mortem found puncture marks on her,