published Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Heroin played a role in Peaches Geldof's death

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    In this Thursday, May 21, 2009, file photo, British socialite Peaches Geldof arrives for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, during the 62nd Cannes International film festival, in Antibes, southern France. Entertainer Bob Geldof's agent says his 25-year-old daughter Peaches has died.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

LONDON — A senior British police officer says heroin is likely to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof last month.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate told an inquest into the death of the 25-year-old model that a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests. But he said Thursday that "recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."

The hearing lasted about 10 minutes and was adjourned until later in the year. Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained deaths.

Geldof was the daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof. She died at her home south of London on April 7.

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