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Bob Geldof's Daughter Died of Heroin Overdose, Inquest Rules

Image courtesy of Alex Huckle/GC Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Alex Huckle/GC Images (via ABC News Radio)

The surprise death in April of Bob Geldof's daughter, 25-year-old British TV presenter, model and journalist Peaches Geldof , was caused by a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled.

According to the BBC , the inquest into Geldof's death turned up extremely pure heroin in a bag inside her house, as well as syringes, burnt spoons, and a pair of knotted pantyhose -- all evidence of drug use.  A syringe was also found in a box next Geldof's bed.  The level of heroin in her body was in a "fatal range," according to the pathologist, while puncture wounds were found on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.  Codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her body.

The BBC reports that the married mother of two had formerly been a heroin addict and had taken methadone, a heroin substitute, for two-and-a-half years prior to her death.  Her husband, Tom Cohen , said that Peaches had started using heroin again in February, and had lied to him when she told him that she'd passed drug tests every week.

Peaches Geldof's mother, TV personality Paula Yates and ex-wife of Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41, when Peaches was 11.

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