Everytime my iPhone blares out the BBC News notification alert, I always jump up to see what’s happening. As a journalism graduate and Current Affairs editor, I can’t really stop myself as ‘the news’ is my thing. I normally read what’s going on, put my phone down and get on with my day, but yesterday I couldn’t.
“Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died at the age of 25.” Wow. Having followed Peaches on various social networking platforms for years, I immediately thought back to the previous day when she was posting pictures and videos on Instagram of her two very young baby boys. What had happened between then and now?
Much is still unclear about her death, which only hit the press last night around 6pm on Monday night. Kent Police were called to a home in Wrotham at around half past one on Monday afternoon after concerns over the welfare of a woman. In a statement from Kent Police, they described how Peaches was pronounced dead at the scene, and the cause of death was ‘non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden.’
…”our family, fractured so often, but never broken”…
In a statement signed by the Geldof family, her father Bob Geldof said, “Peaches has died. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and most bonkers of all of us. Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is it possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken.’
Peaches husband, Thomas Cohen, lead singer of the band S.C.U.M, said in a statement yesterday, “My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day. We shall love her forever.”
…”we shall love her forever”…
Peaches was only 11 when her own mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose, leaving behind daughters Peaches Honey Blossom, Fifi Trixibelle, Little Pixie and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. Heartbreakingly, the last picture Peaches would tweet to her Twitter followers was a picture of herself as a young child with her mother and the caption ‘Me and my mum.’
Peaches enjoyed a varied career, doing a bit of TV presenting, some writing and modelling. She also made a name for herself as a bit of a party animal, but seemed to calm her wild lifestyle dramatically following the birth of her children. She appeared to dote on one year old Astala and Phaedra, who will turn one on the 24th of April this year. Peaches was an advocate of attachment parenting, which involved keeping her children with her at all times. In a recent TV appearance, she battled it out with awful loudmouth Katie Hopkins on the subject of attachment parenting and won hands down.
With investigators working to find out more about her passing, it seems no matter how Peaches died, her death marks a deep tragedy as she leaves her husband and two incredibly young children behind.