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Heroin played role in Geldof's death

Authorities have told an inquest that Heroin likely played a role in the recent death of British model and television personality Peaches Geldof, 25.

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Heroin use played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, an inquest in Britain has heard.

The 25-year-old model and journalist, who had two young children, was found dead at her home on April 7.

Her mother, TV presenter Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose in 2000.

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen in January 2014.

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen in January 2014. Photo: Anthony Harvey

''Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death,'' police detective Paul Fotheringham told the opening of the inquest in Gravesend, southern England.

Peaches, who wrote for British magazines and newspapers and presented celebrity-driven television shows, had been looking after her 11-month-old son Phaedra at her home in Wrotham, Kent.

Her husband Thomas Cohen, 23, a musician, had spent the previous nights apart from his wife and was looking after their eldest son, 23-month-old Astala.

Peaches Geldof's wedding to Thomas Cohen in a picture from <i>Hello</i> magazine. Click for more photos

Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof's wedding to Thomas Cohen in a picture from Hello magazine.

He raised the alarm when he could not contact her by phone.

Fotheringham explained:

"'On Thursday April 3, 2014, Thomas Cohen went... to stay for the weekend at his parents' house in south-east London.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen attend the Y-3 Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 82 Mercer on September 11, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for Y-3)

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen in 2012. Photo: Joe Kohen

"This is a normal occurrence which enables Peaches and Thomas to complete work in their respective careers.

"It is believed that Peaches spent Saturday afternoon, into the evening, and Sunday morning at her home address alone."

He went on to say that the last contact Peaches had with anyone is believed to be a phone call on the Sunday night with a friend.

"All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including a family outing for her sons for the following weekend," Fotheringham told the inquest.

"There was no cause for concern."

But, on Monday morning, when he tried and failed to reach his wife by phone, Thomas Cohen travelled back home along with his mother and son, Astala.

"Thomas entered the property and located Peaches in the spare bedroom. It was apparent that she was dead," Fotheringham said.

"She was located on the edge of the bed with one leg hanging down to the floor and the other leg tucked underneath her. She was slumped across the bed."

He called out to his mother, found Phaedra, who was at the home, and then phoned emergency services.

There has been speculation that Peaches had relapsed, after attemtping to quit drugs in favour of a more settled life with her young family.

Police are now investigating how she came to be in possession of the heroin.

In a statement after her death, Peaches' husband Thomas said: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day."

AFP and Fairfax Media