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Fifi Geldof reveals battle with depression

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.

Fifi Geldof with her sister Peaches. Credit: PA

"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.

Bob Geldof with his daughters (left to right) Fifi, Tigerlily, Pixie and Peaches. Credit: PA

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.


Coroner rules Peaches died of heroin overdose

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:

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.

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.

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.

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