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British model/writer/TV presenter Peaches Geldof has died. Police were called this afternoon "following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman," and Geldof was pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service. Kent Police said in a statement, "Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death." Peaches, daughter of musician Bob Geldof, leaves behind husband Thomas Cohen and their two sons.
Her mother, Paula Yates, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2000, when Peaches was 11. Peaches posted a picture of herself and her mother yesterday on Instagram. In a 2012 Elle interview, Peaches opened up to her delayed grieving process, saying "I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father's mentality was 'keep calm and carry on.' ... I didn't start grieving for my mother properly until I was maybe 16."
A statement from her father reads:
Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.· Peaches Geldof: Writer and TV presenter dies aged 25 [BBC]
Writing "was" destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is.
Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken.—Bob Geldof