NEWS — 23 July 2014

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Peaches Geldof’s widowed husband Tom Cohen revealed at the inquest into her death that she was a heroin addict who had been seeking treatment for her drug problem for over two years.

He admitted that she was undergoing weekly drug tests but suspects she was lying about negative results as the inquest ruled that she died of a heroin overdose.

He said that text messages that he read revealed that she had probably started taking the drug again in February.

Mr Cohen added that when confronted his wife, Peaches brought heroin down from the loft and flushed it down the toilet in front of him.

Coroner Roger Hatch ruled out the fact that the death was like her mother Paula Yate’s which was deemed to be as a result of ‘foolish and incautious behaviour’ at her inquest.

“It’s said that the death of Peaches Geldof-Cohen is history repeating itself but this not entirely so,” Mr Hatch said.

“By November last year she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counselling that she had received.

“This was a significant achievement for her but for reasons we will never know prior to her death she returned to taking heroin.”

DCI Paul Fotheringham revealed a full report into Peach’s final moments in a report that Kent Police have released here.

In it shows that Peaches was in regular contact with family and friends in the two days before her death, and had been watching True Detective and searching for The Dog Whisperer online.

peachesShe had posted a picture of her and her mother to Instagram, and messages to her friends indicated that she had been bathing her youngest son Phaedra before returning to her laptop.

Her husband was away for the weekend with their eldest child Astala and when he could not get through to her in the evening of Saturday April 5, but had no cause for concern until the following morning.

He then visited their home with his mother and son at 1.30pm in the afternoon of the following day and found her dead in the spare bedroom.

“I found her in the spare bedroom. We both used it when the kids were sleeping,” Cohen told the coroner.

Around Peaches’ body police found drug paraphernalia – tights, spoons, cap from syringe, resin from heroin and the substance found in the house was 61% purity, a good grade that would be worth approximately £350-£550.

Mr Hatch found that said it was clear that Peaches had been taking a strong level of heroin but her tolerance level had declined.

The ruling found that the cause of death was opiate intoxicaton.

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