What Killed Peaches Geldof?

Police find no evidence of drugs, suicide note, or injury: reports
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2014 6:03 AM CDT
What Killed Peaches Geldof?
In this March 16, 1989 file photo, Bob Geldof, Paula Yates, and their daughter Fifi Trixiebelle show off the new addition to their family, Peaches, at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.   (AP Photo/PA, Martin Keene, File)

The death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof is still baffling a day later: Police are investigating, and a forensic pathologist will try to determine cause of death tomorrow, but while police are calling it an "unexplained sudden death," they do not consider it suspicious. Geldof was known for being a bit of a wild child when she was younger, but the AP reports that in 2009 she said her days of taking drugs were behind her. Friends insist to the Mirror that she wasn't on drugs before her death, and the paper notes that since becoming a mother, she hasn't been spotted around the "showbiz scene" much. The paper, which also reports that police found no evidence of drugs or a suicide note at the home where Geldof was found dead, has more details on her past:

  • In 2008, she had to be treated by paramedics for a suspected drug overdose, but last October, she said things really turned around when she married "the right person" and had her two young sons. "It healed many things in me that were painful," she said.

  • One of those painful things was the death of her mother, Paula Yates, from a heroin overdose when Geldof was just 11. One of the last photos Geldof posted to Instagram, the day before she died, was a picture of her and Yates with the simple caption, "Me and my mum."
  • Geldof was "emotionally scarred" by her mother's death, NBC News notes, and had often spoken in interviews of the impact it had on her. "I did experiment with drugs, I did get drunk and go to parties, but I was never that wild," she said two years ago. "I could have been, I could have let myself spiral, but all the time I remembered what happened to my mum."
  • The Mirror claims that at this point, Geldof's death is suspected to be from natural causes. The Daily Mail, never one to turn down a chance to be sensational, notes that Geldof was known for going on juice cleanses, and that two years ago there was some concern that the diets could put her at risk of "acute cardiac arrest." Radar notes that in recent weeks, there had been growing concern about how skinny Geldof was.
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