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Peaches Geldof death: Inquest to be opened in Gravesend after death of Sir Bob Geldof's daughter at Wrotham home

25 April 2014
by KentOnline reporter

An inquest into the mystery death of Peaches Geldof is to be opened next week, it has been confirmed today.

North West Kent coroner Roger Hatch will launch the hearing at Gravesend Old town Hall on Thursday - as the circumstances around her death remain unclear.

The 25-year-old socialite daughter of Bob Geldof died suddenly at her home in Fairseat Lane, Wrotham, on April 7.

Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day, was found dead in Wrotham. Picture Brian Aris

Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day, was found dead in Wrotham. Picture: Brian Aris

The North West Kent Coroners' office confirmed an inquest will be opened on the afternoon of Thursday, May 1.

It is likely to be adjourned until a later day for a fuller hearing.

The sudden death of Peaches, who grew up in Faversham, remains unexplained after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

She was found dead at home, where she lived with her husband Tom Cohen and two young sons.

Further toxicology tests are still under way to try to establish the reasons for her death.

Peaches Geldof's coffin adorned with a picture of her family

Peaches Geldof's coffin adorned with a picture of her family

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at the funeral of Peaches Geldof

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at the funeral of Peaches Geldof

Bill Wyman arrives at Peaches' funeral

Bill Wyman arrives at Peaches' funeral

Peaches' funeral was held in the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church, which sits next to her father Bob Geldof's house Davington Priory on Monday.

The picturesque church is where the funeral of Peaches' mother Paula Yates was held in 2000 following her death from a heroin overdose. Peaches was just 11 when Paula died.

But the church has also been the scene of family happiness, holding the weddings of both Peaches and her second husband, Tom Cohen, in 2012 and of her parents 24 years earlier.

A host of famous mourners - including the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Kate Moss and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman - joined family in saying their final goodbye.

Socialite Peaches Geldof and husband Tom Cohen

Socialite Peaches Geldof and husband Tom Cohen

Peaches' coffin was adorned with a touching picture of her with Tom, their two sons Astala, who turned two on the day of the funeral, and Phaedra, 11 months, and the family pets.

Tom sang her one final song - Leonard Cohen’s Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye, with the poignant lyrics "you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me".

Bob Geldof led the tributes to his daughter, expressing his love for Peaches and remembering the cherished time they spent together during her short life, and the overwhelming grief the family had suffered in the wake of her death.

Sister Tiger Lily, 17, read the WB Yeats poem That the Night Come, before Pixie, 23, spoke about Peaches as not just a sister, but a close friend.

Sister Fifi, 31, then shared the Henry Scott-Holland prayer Death is Nothing at All.

Forensics officers at the Wrotham home of Peaches Geldof. Picture Invicta Kent MediaJim Bennett

Forensics officers at the Wrotham home of Peaches Geldof. Picture: Invicta Kent Media/Jim Bennett

Peaches was reportedly found dead with her 11-month-old son Phaedra by her side.

Husband Tom is said to have tried to phone her before raising the alarm when she did not answer.

The police were alerted and Peaches was found dead at the Fairseat Lane property.

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