Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Peaches Geldorf attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GRAVESEND, ENGLAND - JULY 23: A general view of the Town Hall at the inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof on July 23, 2014 in Gravesend, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
FAVERSHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: The decorated coffin carrying Peaches Geldof arrives at the funeral of Peaches Geldof, who died aged 25 on April 7, at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church on April 21, 2014 in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/WireImage)
FAVERSHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: General View during the funeral of Peaches Geldof, who died aged 25 on April 7, at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church on April 21, 2014 in Faversham, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
FAVERSHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: The decorated coffin carrying Peaches Geldof arrives at the funeral of Peaches Geldof, who died aged 25 on April 7, at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church on April 21, 2014 in Faversham, England. (Photo by Alex Huckle/GC Images)
FAVERSHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A general view of flowers left by mourners at the funeral of Peaches Geldof, who died aged 25 on April 7, at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church on April 21, 2014 in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Peaches Geldof attends the after party for the NME Awards at Sketch on February 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Peaches Geldof attends The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 09: Peaches Geldof attends the UK Premiere of 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' at Odeon Leicester Square on January 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Peaches Geldorf attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Pixie Geldorf (L) and Peaches Geldorf arrive at the UK Film Premiere of 'Bruno' at the Empire Leicester Square on June 17, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Peaches Geldorf and Thomas Cohen attend the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: Peaches Geldorf (L) and guest attend Anna Sui Fall 2009 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park on February 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
Peaches Geldorf, right, and her sister Pixie, watch a fashion show by British designers PPQ during their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk show for London Fashion Week, London, Sunday Sept. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Peaches Geldorf, watches a fashion show by British designers PPQ during their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk show for London Fashion Week, London, Sunday Sept. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Peaches Geldorf, right, and her sister Pixie, left, watch a fashion show by British designers PPQ during their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk show for London Fashion Week, London, Sunday Sept. 14, 2008. Woman at center is unidentified .(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
London, UK, 31/05/2012: Peaches Geldorf attends the Prometheus - UK film premiere at the Empire Leicester Square
Peaches Geldof arrives at The Wolf Of Wall Street UK Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, on Thursday Jan. 9, 2014, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
Peaches Geldof arrives at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP)
British socialite Peaches Geldof is seen at the Barcalycard Unwind backstage bar at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, at the Camden Roundhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision for Barclaycard Mercury Prize/AP Images)
Peaches Geldof arrives at the Batman - The Dark Knight Rises European Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday July 18, 2012 in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Peaches Geldof seen at the ELLE Style Awards at the Savoy Hotel on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
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LONDON (AP) -- Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.

Coroner Roger Hatch said Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of London on April 7.

An inquest heard that Geldof - daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof - was a heroin addict and had been taking the drug substitute methadone for more than two years in a bid to stay free of the opiate.

Her husband, Thomas Cohen, told the hearing that Geldof had started using heroin again in February. He said he had seen her flushing drugs she had hidden in the loft of their home down the toilet.

Cohen found her body when he returned from a weekend away with the couple's 2-year-old son, Astala. Their younger son, 1-year-old Phaedra, was in the house with his mother.

Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose


Police found heroin and syringes in the house. A forensic scientist said the drug had a purity of 61 percent - much higher than the average drug sold on the street.

A pathologist told the inquest that Geldof's blood contained a high level of heroin, along with traces of codeine, methadone and morphine. There were puncture marks on her arms and legs.

Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained deaths. The coroner's conclusion is a sad echo of the life of Geldof's mother, Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose when Peaches was 11.

"It's said that the death of Peaches Geldof-Cohen is history repeating itself, but this not entirely so," the coroner 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."

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