Peaches Geldof Inquest: Coroner Rules Peaches Died Of Heroin Overdose

23 July 2014 by

Today a full inquest into Peaches Geldof's death took place at Gravesend Coroner's Office, with the coroner ruling that Peaches died of a Heroin overdose.

The inquest heard that Peaches was a heroin addict and took substitute methadone for two and a half years before her death. The coroner said he believed Peaches had lost the tolerance she had previously built up, therefore the purity of the heroin found in her house (65% purity) was fatal.

The pathologist Peter Jerreat said in the inquest that the levels of heroin in her body were in a "fatal range." The pathologist said that puncture wounds were found on Peaches' body on her wrists and thumbs and there was also evidence of codine, methadone and morphine found in her blood.

“The brain was slightly swollen due to a lack of oxygen to the brain but all other internal organs were normal,” Jerreat added.

Peaches' husband Thomas Cohen answered questions about her past drug use at the inquest. He confirmed that Peaches was seeking treatment for a drugs problem for two years and was undergoing weekly drugs tests. He said that Peaches had told her these tests were clear. When asked by the Coroner whether Cohen believed Geldof was lying, he answered: "yes."

Cohen said that he found texts in February suggesting that Peaches had been using Heroin again. He said that when he confronted his wife, Peaches flushed it down the toilet in front of him.

The police found a bag containing 6.9g of Heroin, with a purity of 61% compared to 26% found at street level. Cohen said that he was unaware there were any drugs in the house until they were found by the police.

DCI Fotheringham said that drug paraphernalia - tights, spoons, cap from syringe, resin from heroin alongside 27 methadone bottles - were found around Peaches' body in the spare room. Officers found a capped syringe hidden in a box of sweets near her body and 79 syringes.

A police investigation into the supply of the drugs is ongoing. Following the inquest, Kent Police released the following report on the cause of Peaches Geldof's death:

"It has been established that Peaches Geldof-Cohen had been previously addicted to Heroin for a number of years but that more recently had ceased taking the drug. Peaches had been supported by drug treatment workers for 2 ½ years being prescribed methadone.

"Peaches had indicated her desire to come off of methadone completely, and was following a plan to reduce the level of methadone she was taking. A drugs test in November indicated that she was not taking any illicit drug.

"Witnesses report that around February of this year there was a suspicion that Peaches had started using illicit drugs again including being found with a substance believed to be Heroin at her home address. Following her death, drugs paraphernalia was found in the house and a quantity of high grade Heroin was found to be secreted in a cupboard in the bedroom Peaches regularly used.

"The Post Mortem found evidence of recent puncture marks on the inside of both elbows and on her left hand; the toxicology indicates a fatal level of heroin in the body. The Pathologist states cause of death to be Opiate Intoxication.

"When considering all of the above information, I, as the Senior Investigating Officer, conclude that Peaches Geldof-Cohen died of a heroin overdose.

"From known contact between Peaches and her family and friends her death occurred at or after 8:00pm on the evening of Sunday 4th April 2014 and from evidence available she was at her home address alone with her son Phaedra.

"There is no indication that any other third party was present or involved in her death and there is no indication that Peaches intended to take her own life or harm herself in any way as she was reported to be of happy disposition and planning for the future with friends and family."


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