Peaches Geldof Died from Heroin Overdose, Says Official Report

It's a sad conclusion to an already tragic story.
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It's a sad conclusion to an already tragic story.
Geldof at an Etam runway show. Photo: Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

Geldof at an Etam runway show. Photo: Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

Kent Police in the UK have released its official report on the cause of death of former model and fashion columnist Peaches Geldof following an official inquiry on July 23. Geldof, who was 25 years old, died of a heroin overdose.

Evidence found near the body includes a pair of knotted black tights, a dessert spoon with burn marks and brown residue, and a clear cap believed to be from a syringe. Police also found a black bag in the home containing "importation quality" heroin with a purity of 61 percent. The average street heroin has 26 percent purity. Other supplies included more syringes, two additional pairs of knotted tights, alcohol wipes and cotton swabs, and two cards "advertising the Westminster needle exchange." Puncture wounds were found on Geldof's body inside both elbows and on her left hand.

It is also revealed that Geldof was under methadone treatment for the past two and a half years, though the report indicates she was struggling with treatment and wanted to decrease her dosage. According to reports from the inquest by the BBC, Geldof's husband Tom Cohen discovered she was using heroin again in February, at which time he witnessed her flush the drug down the toilet. Geldof reportedly took weekly negative drug tests, though Cohen admits suspicions that she lied. 

Geldof's mother, Paula Yates, also died from a heroin overdose in 2000, when she was just 41 years old.