Peaches Geldof Death ‘Likely’ Caused By Heroin Use

An inquest found evidence of the drug in her system.

Three weeks after she was found dead at age 25, officials released the results of a toxicology test on British writer and TV host Peaches Geldof. After initial autopsy results were inconclusive, British officials said that heroin is “likely” to have played a role in her death.

According to BBC News, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said at an inquest hearing on Thursday that, “recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death.”

Geldof was found by her husband, musician Tom Cohen, in a spare bedroom at their home on April 7 after he became concerned that he could not contact her. She was pronounced dead at the scene in what police described as a “sudden and unexplained” death. The mother of two was the second daughter of musician and activist Bob Geldof; her mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose at age 41 in 2000.

“All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during [the weekend before her death] described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including a family outing for her sons following the weekend,” Fortheringham said. “There was no cause for concern.”

BBC News also reported that police have launched a criminal inquiry into the “supply of drugs” in connection with Geldof’s death. At press time there had been no arrests. A full hearing on the inquest will take place on July 23.

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