Published: 00:00, 15 October 2014 |
Updated: 08:25, 16 October 2014
Sir Bob Geldof says he 'clearly failed' as a parent following the tragic death of his daughter Peaches.
Sir Bob, who lives in Davington, near Faversham, said he had been aware of Peaches' heroin addiction and had tried and failed to help her through it.
In an interview with ITV News, he said: "Of course I knew about it and we did more than talk about it. She was super bright. Too bright. A very errant mind that could focus intensely on a book which she would consume and just absorb it.
"But the rest was a franticness. She knew what life was supposed to be and, God bless her, she tried very hard to get there. And she didn’t make it."
Peaches was found dead at her home in Wrotham in April aged just 25, leaving behind two young sons.
An inquest heard she had died of a heroin overdose.
It was a tragic echo of the death of her mother Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose in 2000.
The Geldof girls were subject to intense media interest following Sir Bob’s split with their mother, Paula Yates, and her subsequent death in 2000 from a heroin overdose.
Asked directly if he felt responsible for Peaches' death, Sir Bob said: "Yes, of course you do. For anybody watching who has a dead kid and you’re a parent: you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go over, you go over. What could you have done? You do as much as you can."
"When Paula died and Peaches a few months ago… the ability to try and understand, although it is incomprehensible with the immensity of the grief, is there.
"But it takes a long while for it to filter through from the filth to get to the front so you can itemise.
"I am not there with Peaches yet. It is all too soon, all too sudden. Too unexpected."
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