Heroin played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, an inquest in Gravesend, Kent, has been told.
In a tragic echo of the death of her mother, the body of the 25-year-old mother-of-two was found at her home in Wrotham, Kent last month, as her 11-month-old son Phaedra by her side.
At the opening of her inquest in Gravesend, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests.
But he told the hearing: "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."
It marks a parallel to the death of her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates in 2000, who was discovered at her home in Notting Hill, West London, alongside her 4-year-old daughter Tiger Lily.
Shortly before her death, Peaches had posted a photograph of her as a child with her mother on Twitter.
The inquest also revealed that Peaches was found by her husband Thomas Cohen in a spare bedroom of their home after he entered the house with his mother.
After finding Ms Geldof and their 11-month old baby Phaedra who was nearby, He called to his mother to ring emergency services.
It was previously revealed that police had not discovered any drug paraphernalia near her body.
In her last interview before her death, Peaches said that becoming a mother had been a “healing process”.
“Before, I was not at peace with myself about it because I was just traumatised,” she said. “That’s why I was living a chaotic lifestyle. But now I have the kids I can heal the situation. It’s so good in every single way, really.”
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