The results of a toxicology report have now shown that TV presenter Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly last month aged 25, had heroin in her system.
Geldof was the second daughter of musician and charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, who ironically also died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41.
At an inquest in Gravesend, Det Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham, informed the hearing: “Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death.”
Geldof had openly spoken about her struggle to deal with her mother’s death – and of experimenting with drugs in her teenage years – but had cited motherhood as a central part of her “healing” process. She had been dropped from her most lucrative modelling contract following sordid allegations about her private life in 2010 and had made substantial efforts to turn her life around.
Following Astala’s birth in 2012, “everything started to heal”, she told Elle magazine, and family and friends reported there were no warning signs in the week leading up to her death.
Parallels have already been drawn between the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February, 2014. Both celebrities appear to have relapsed shortly before their deaths, once again highlighting the dangers of resuming drug usage following a prolonged period of abstinence, and once more opening the debate over whether an addict is ever recovered or perpetually recovering.