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Heroin played a role in Peaches Geldof's death

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 1, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

LONDON — Heroin likely played a role in the death of British model and television personality Peaches Geldof, authorities said Thursday.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said at an inquest into the death of the second daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof that a postmortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests. In a 10-minute hearing, Fotheringham discussed the 25-year-old's final days.

"Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death," he said.

Her mother, television presenter Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose in 2000 when Peaches Geldof was 11. In her final message on Twitter, Peaches posted a photograph of herself as a toddler next to her mother.

Geldof died at her home south of London on April 7. Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained deaths.

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