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Peaches Geldof Overdosed On Heroin With Her Kid Right Next To Her

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Peaches Geldoff died overdose

An autopsy has apparently revealed that Peaches Geldof overdosed on heroin. With her 11-month old son by her side. That is sad, sad news.

Peaches died on April 7 at the age of 25 and The Telegraph is reporting that the cause of death was a heroin overdose.

The sad story parallels the life of her mother Paula Yates, who died of an overdose in 2000. And in disturbingly similar circumstances, Yates died while watching Peaches sister Tiger Lily–then 4 years old.

According to The Telegraph, Peaches “was looking after her youngest son Phaedra on her own when she was found dead at the detached home home in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7.”

Of course it’s a given that drug users do sometimes succumb to abuse, but it’s especially disappointing to find out that someone was using hard drugs while providing care to a small child.

It’s also interesting that this fact becomes such a tiny footnote in a story like this.

The Daily Mail titled this Peaches’ post earlier this month “Doting Mother Until The End.” That is understandable considering that prior to the toxicology report, it was suspected that Peaches died from repercussions of extreme juice cleansing.

And in a recent interview with Mother & Baby magazine, Peaches had stated:

‘Becoming a mother was like becoming me, finally. After years of struggling to know myself, feeling lost at sea, rudderless and troubled, having babies through which to correct the multiple mistakes of my own traumatic childhood was beyond healing.

Unfortunately, it seems that motherhood wasn’t able to completely change some of her bad habits.

Peaches looked up to her mother and many reports have said that she was obsessed with her mother’s death. On the day of Peaches’ own demise, the last thing she Instagrammed was this photo of herself with her mother:

Peaches Geldoff Paula Yates instagram

I can’t speak to the demons she was battling or the perils of addiction. But putting a child in danger while you shoot up heroin is upsetting. Especially considering the outcome of this day in her life. And it will be interesting to see if that comes up in the retelling of this story and the story of her life, or if ends up as a small aside the way that it did with the life and death of her mother.

 

21 Comments

  1. Guest 001

    April 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Using The Daily Mail as a source? That’s just embarrassing.

    • Lackadaisical

      May 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Agreed, but the Telegraph is the source of this story. As far as I can see the article uses the Telegraph for the facts but mentions the irony of the Daily Fail writing an article about her being an amazing mother and devoted mother until the end. Obviously we have no idea of what she was going through leading up to the event and I am sure she loved her children very much and had no intention of causing them years of pain but whether it was addiction or crippling depression that led her to take heroin while alone with her child some dark emotions were in more control of her than her love of her children as she shot up. Poor lady, she and her kids have paid to heavy a price for whatever pain or turmoil she was going through.

  2. AP

    May 1, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I don’t understand why the Peaches Geldorf story has been so big in the US. I had never heard of her, or her program, until she died.

    • Bic

      May 1, 2014 at 4:04 am

      Because she’s Bob Geldoffs daughter, who I think is still quite well known because of Live Aid, etc.

    • Lackadaisical

      May 1, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Over here in the UK she was very famous, in a famous for being famous way. I suppose she was our equivalent of your Paris Hilton. In the UK her father and her late mother are very, very famous and Peaches has been in and out of tabloids for years but had seemed to calm down and grow up a little bit since her kids came along.

    • Lackadaisical

      May 1, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Over here in the UK she was very famous, in a famous for being famous way. I suppose she was our equivalent of your Paris Hilton. In the UK her father and her late mother are very, very famous and Peaches has been in and out of tabloids for years but had seemed to calm down and grow up a little bit since her kids came along.

  3. Sara610

    May 1, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Agreed, it is very sad. But heroin addiction is a whole other beast. Normally I’m not a fan of platitudes like “Oh well, you can never judge!” because there are a lot of completely inexcusable actions that yes, you can judge, because they’re horrible and I’m going to judge them all the damn day long.

    But succumbing to heroin addiction–yes, even with your child next to you–I don’t know, I’ve never been a heroin addict and from what I’ve heard, resisting it takes almost superhuman strength and it sounds like Ms. Geldoff just didn’t have that kind of strength. It’s easy to cluck your tongue and say, “I would NEVER do that!” but it sounds like heroin addiction is truly one of those things where until you’re actually in that position, you never know what you would or wouldn’t do. A woman that I know is grieving for a friend of hers, whose daughter tried heroin once–ONCE–at college, instantly became addicted and died from it a few months later. This was an excellent student, with a whole promising life ahead of her, gone–just like that.
    Russell Brand wrote a beautiful op-ed about this: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/mar/09/russell-brand-life-without-drugs

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      May 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Feel sorry for the kid kids. Only.

    • whiteroses

      May 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Kids. She had two.

    • Rachel Sea

      May 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Half of my family were heroin addicts. My dad’s little brother tried it once, probably to see what his dad and uncles were enjoying, and was hooked instantly, and hard. He ODed when he was 23 (he ought to be 49 now), and I still miss him.

  4. gothicgaelicgirl

    May 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

    em…spelling of her last name is wrong…
    GELDOF.
    One “f”

    • Ashie

      May 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Yes, because that is what is the most important thing to take away from this article, a spelling error.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      May 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Well considering this is considered journalism, yes, it is pretty important.
      I have no sympathy for her.
      She made her choices.

      A celebrity overdoses and it’s a tragedy.
      Someone in the street overdoses and they’re just another statistic.

    • whiteroses

      May 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I have a lot of sympathy for ANYONE who overdoses. Addiction is no joke. And I have a lot of sympathy for everyone she left behind.

    • Ashie

      May 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      So you mean you also have no sympathy for someone who overdoses in the street? What’s the difference? It doesn’t matter if someone is a celebrity who dies from drugs or just a regular joe. It is a sad and tragic thing. Of course she made her choices but addiction is a very scary and hard thing to overcome, which obviously in this case she wasn’t able to. Just because she was a celebrity doesn’t make her any less human and it makes me sad that you wouldn’t be able to have any sympathy for her. What is the difference between her and any other addict on the street?

  5. brebay

    May 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Figured it was some drug she was using to maintain her weight. She was always curvy up until a few years ago and the whole “Oh, I just stopped eating junk” was never believable. I was thinking some form of meth, either adderall (which you have to keep increasing to get the same appetite-suppressing effect,) or the illegal kind, but I didn’t think about heroin. So sad.

  6. Zettai

    May 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Sounds like a lot of other people who think that [big life event] will change them for the better. New job, marriage, baby, etc.

    Maybe I’m a cynical ass–probably am–but a baby is not a rehab center, a baby is not a shoulder to lean on, a baby is not a magic cure-all. It is sad and frustrating that she did not learn anything from her mother’s selfish but tragic death, like an abused child who becomes an abusive parent. Hope her kid ends up okay.

    • AlbinoWino

      May 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Completely agreed. I get kind of annoyed when out of control people get pregnant and other people think it’s good and it will set them straight. Sure, maybe that works for some people. But for a lot of people it doesn’t and then they begin to drag their entire family down with them. I worked with girls whose mothers used heroin when they were pregnant and forever impacted their children’s intellectual capacities, etc. Kids will never be a fix all.

  7. Mystik Spiral

    May 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Overdosing on heroin is a sign of more than just a mere “bad habit”. Sorry, I’m an addict in recovery and while it’s tragic how she died and that her baby was with her, I just can’t with the implications that addicts 100% choose that fate.

    • Gangle

      May 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

      There is every possibility that she had not used in quite a while, decided to have a dose that would normally have given her a high but this time because her tolerance had dropped, or the stuff was more pure than expected that she overdosed instead. As someone married to a reformed addict, I have no idea what addiction must feel like, but I have walked through the complexities of dealing with addiction. It isn’t simple or straightforward and it isn’t black and white.

  8. Pzonks

    May 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I just read something on Yahoo that said while heroin was in her system from recent use and it played a role in her death, it wasn’t as if she was found with a needle in her arm. https://news.yahoo.com/heroin-played-role-peaches-geldofs-death-133429721.html
    Apparently her husband and kids were away for the weekend, I bet she partied on Sat night and then had a heart attack or something on Monday morning.

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