Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PEACHES KILLED BY HEROIN 'OVERDOSE' GELDOF GIRL FOUND SPRAWLED ACROSS BED BY HUSBAND, INQUEST TOLD; All Her Friends and Family Said Peaches Seemed Her Normal Self'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PEACHES KILLED BY HEROIN 'OVERDOSE' GELDOF GIRL FOUND SPRAWLED ACROSS BED BY HUSBAND, INQUEST TOLD; All Her Friends and Family Said Peaches Seemed Her Normal Self'

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Byline: Paul Cheston and Justin Davenport

PEACHES GELDOF probably died of a heroin overdose, an inquest heard today.

Toxicology tests on the body of the 25-year-old TV presenter revealed recent use of the drug.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringam told the inquest at Gravesend that the level of Class A drugs in her body was quite "likely to have played a role in her death".

The senior investigating officer described to the court how Peaches' husband, the rock musician Tom Cohen, found her body sprawled across a bed in a spare bedroom.

The couple had spent the weekend apart which was "quite normal" as they got on with their separate careers, the inquest heard. Mr Cohen was visiting his parents in south London with their two children and his father took the youngest child, Phaedra, back to the family home in Wrotham on the afternoon of Sunday April 6.

He spent 30 minutes chatting with his daughter-in-law before leaving. Mr Fotheringham said: "At present, the last known contact between Peaches and anybody else was a 7.45pm phone call she made to a friend.

All friends and family say she seemed her normal self, making plans for the future and there was no cause for concern.

"On the morning of April 7, Mr Cohen made repeated efforts to contact Peaches with no success."

Alarmed at the lack of response from his wife, he sped to the family home, arriving about 1.30pm.

Mr Fotheringham added: "He entered the property, went upstairs, thinking his wife may be asleep, entered the spare bedroom here he found her, obviously deceased, on the edge of the bed with one leg hanging down and the other tucked underneath her."

Mr Cohen, who was accompanied by his mother, quickly located the youngest child and called the emergency services.

Paramedics confirmed that Peaches was dead without even having to alter her position on the bed. …

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