Kent Police Issue Statement After Peaches Geldof Inquest
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham has spoken out after a hearing today were told her death was "drug-related'...
During the hearing, it was confirmed that the 25-year old's death on April 7 was "drugs-related".
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said: "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 two-and-a-half 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."He added in his report: "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 8pm on the evening of Sunday, April 6, 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."