Birthday: March 13, 1989
Died At Age: 25
Sun Sign: Pisces
Also Known As: Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof-Cohen
Born Country: England
Born in: Westminster, London, England
Famous as: English columnist
Height: 1.7 m
Spouse/Ex-: Thomas Cohen, Max Drummey (m. 2008–2011)
father: Bob Geldof
mother: Paula Yates
siblings: Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, Pixie Geldof
children: Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen, Phaedra Bloom Forever Cohen
Died on: April 7, 2014
place of death: Wrotham, Kent, England
City: London, England, Westminster, England
Cause of Death: Drug Overdose
education: Queen's College
Who was Peaches Geldof?
Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof-Cohen was a British columnist, model, and television personality, best remembered as one of the fashion icons in the UK. Second daughter of the legendary Irish musician Bob Geldof and English television presenter and writer Paula Yates, Peaches attended Queen's College in London and later relocated to New York City. She wrote articles for the UK edition of Elle Girl magazine and for the national British daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph. She made her mark on the small-screen producing and developing her own programmes that aired in the UK. While she was still under 18, Peaches clinched the seventh spot in Tatler’s list of Top Ten Fashion Icons for the year 2006, emerging as the youngest woman in the list. She worked as a model and television personality in her later life and thrived in creating a niche in the fashion world. Peaches married twice and had two sons. She was found dead at her home in April 2014; subsequent investigation led to the conclusion that she died of a heroin overdose.
Childhood & Early Life
Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof was born on March 13, 1989, in Westminster, London, England, as the second daughter of Irish musician, singer-songwriter, occasional actor, activist, philanthropist and Radio DJ Bob Geldof and English television presenter and writer Paula Yates. Peaches’ maternal grandfather Hughie Green was an English radio and television presenter, actor and game show host. Her elder sister Fifi Trixibelle Geldof was born in 1983, before her parents’ marriage, and her younger sister Little Pixie Geldof, who became a model and singer, was born in 1990. Peaches was considered the most out-spoken and opinionated one among the three siblings.
She grew up in Chelsea, London, and Faversham, Kent. Her mother left her father for Australian musician, singer-songwriter and actor Michael Hutchence in February 1995, and eventually divorced in May 1996. Peaches had a half-sister Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence (known as Tiger) born in July 1996 through her mother’s relationship with Hutchence
Following her parents’ divorce, Peaches Geldof studied at the Queen's College, London. She stayed with her father who obtained full custody of his three daughters. She suffered an ectopic pregnancy at 17.
At 18, Peaches left her father’s house and started living in a rented flat in Islington. After completing her A-Levels, she enrolled at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, to study English literature and journalism. She, however, deferred such plan and relocated to New York City with her first husband, Max Drummey.
Meanwhile in 2000, her mother died of a heroin overdose following which her father became the legal guardian of Tiger Hutchence. He later adopted Tiger in 2007.
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Peaches endeavoured into writing at a young age. She began writing a weekly socio-political column for The Daily Telegraph at just 14 years of age and continued till she was 17. From April 2004, Peaches began penning down a magazine column for the UK edition of ‘Elle Girl’. She continued to write the column till the magazine’s UK edition closed for business in October 2005. She also wrote articles for the British daily newspaper ‘The Guardian.
She wrote and starred in the one hour television documentary film ‘Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind’. It was directed by Barbie MacLaurin and aired on April 25, 2005. Her next work ‘Peaches Geldof: Teen America’ was broadcast on March 1, 2006, on Sky One in the UK. Same year she emerged as the youngest person to feature in the British magazine Tatler's list of Top Ten Fashion Icons for the year. She was ranked seven in the list. The following year she was voted as the 53rd sexiest woman in the world by readers of the men’s lifestyle magazine ‘FHM’.
Catwalk debut modelling of the fashionista happened in September 2007 when she walked the ramp for PPQ at London Fashion Week. She was made face of the Australian fashion line Dotti as well.
Peaches Geldof took her journalism career to the next level when she launched the new youth oriented magazine Disappear Here in late 2008. The magazine was about music, film, fashion, literature and "all pop youth culture". Launch party of the magazine was held at Rex Bar London, England, on December 4 that year.
She cracked a six-figure modelling deal in 2009 to become face of the Glasgow-headquartered designer lingerie brand ‘Miss Ultimo’. The brand however dropped her the following year after nude pictures and allegations of drug use were posted online and published in the media. Peaches expressed disappointment on the brand’s decision of not extending her contract on the basis of what according to her was a “wildly exaggerated account of a night in Los Angeles” that occurred five months back.
The six-part series ‘OMG! with Peaches Geldof’, was presented by Peaches on ITV2 in 2011. It was a magazine-format chat and guest show which included participation of audience.
Personal Life, Death & Inquest
Peaches Geldof married American musician Max Drummey, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter of the indie pop band Chester French, at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on August 5, 2008. The marriage hit the rocks and on February 7, 2009, the couple announced their decision that they would amicably end the marriage. Max quoted irreconcilable differences while filing for divorce in April 2011.
She became engaged to Thomas Cohen in June 2011. Thomas was the lead singer of the post-punk/art rock band S.C.U.M. Her first son with Thomas, Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen, was born on April 21, 2012, and on September 8 same year Peaches married Thomas in Davington, Kent. The couple had their second son, Phaedra Bloom Forever Geldof-Cohen, on April 24, 2013.
While giving an interview for her 2009 ITV2 documentary show When Fearne Met Peaches Geldof, Peaches claimed that she was a Scientologist. She also attended the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists that was held in November that year at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex. She took interest in Judaism and explored its aspects. She started showing interest in the occult initiatory organization Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) in 2013. She elucidated it as a belief system that can be applied in everyday life to attain peacefulness and also tattooed the initials OTO on her left forearm.
She had to apologise publicly in 2013 after releasing details which risked identifying victims of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, the paedophile who was convicted for multiple sexual offences and later sentenced to 29 years of imprisonment.
Peaches was found dead in her Wrotham home on April 7, 2014. The investigating officers discovered drug paraphernalia in her home. Her funeral was held in Davington at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church on April 21, 2014. Reportedly it was the same church where her parents got married, her mother’s funeral service took place and she also got married. Her funeral ceremony was a private affair with her husband, father, family members, friends and different members of the British entertainment and fashion industries in attendance.
Inquest on her death opened on May 1, 2014, at Gravesend Old Town Hall. The coroner concluded that death of Peaches occurred due to opioid intoxication, and recorded a verdict of drug associated death. No evidence was found which suggested that it was deliberate. Prior to her death, Peaches was on the maintenance drug methadone for 2½ years. In February 2014, she began taking heroin again and 6.9 grams of heroin was found in her home.
The Kent Police made an announcement on July 3, 2015, that they had "exhausted all lines of inquiry" in their attempt to find the person who supplied the Class A drug to Peaches.