UK: Peaches Geldof inquest to open

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(London) An inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof will be opened today. The hearing, expected to last around 10 minutes, will be opened and adjourned by North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch at Gravesend Old Town Hall from 2pm.

A spokesman for Mr Hatch said a statement from a senior police officer will be heard and the coroner will release the cause of death.

A date for a full inquest into the death of 25-year-old Ms Geldof is due to be set some time in late July.

The body of the mother-of-two was found on April 7 at the home she shared in Wrotham, Kent, with her husband, Tom Cohen, and their two young sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra.

Kent Police have said her death is being treated as a “non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death”.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford proved inconclusive, prompting further investigations.

At the funeral service in the village of Davington, near Faversham, Ms Geldof’s body was carried into church in a poignantly-decorated coffin which included a picture of her young family.

Her father, Bob Geldof, is thought to have led tributes in front of a host of well-known personalities, including the Duchess of York, supermodel Kate Moss and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

The church, St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence, was where Ms Geldof married musician Mr Cohen in 2012. It was also where her television presenter mother Paula Yates married Geldof in 1986.

Ms Yates’ funeral was held there after she died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41.

Former Boomtown Rats singer Geldof has previously paid tribute to his daughter alongside his partner, Jeanne Marine, and Ms Geldof’s sisters, Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger, saying she was the “wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us”.

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