LONDON — An inquest in Gravesend, Kent heard Thursday that Peaches Geldof’s “recent use of heroin,” was “likely to have played a role in her death.”
Geldof’s use of the drug was discovered following toxicology tests, after the results of an initial post-mortem following her death April 7 were inconclusive.
In a statement presented to the inquest Thursday, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said that Geldof’s husband Thomas Cohen found her body in a spare bedroom of their house in Wrotham, Kent, on the afternoon of Monday, April 7. Cohen had been visiting his parents in nearby south London with the couple’s elder son Astala, but had returned to the house after being unable to contact Geldof earlier that day.
Upon discovering Geldof’s body, Cohen called the emergency services. Police and paramedics attended, who pronounced Geldof dead at the scene. The inquest heard that Geldof’s last contact before her death is believed to be with a friend who she telephoned at 7.45 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Cohen’s father Keith Cohen also saw the presenter earlier that evening when he took Geldof and Cohen’s younger son Phaedra back to the family home.
Fotheringham told the inquest that friends and family had “no cause for concern,” in their contact with Geldof over the weekend. “She seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future,” Fotheringham said.
The inquest was opened and adjourned on Thursday and Kent police are now continuing their investigation into Geldof’s death on behalf of the coroner. A spokesman for Kent Police said a full, more detailed inquest would be held in Kent July 23.