The somber, celebrity funeral for the British socialite, wife, and mother of two, Peaches Geldof, took place early Monday afternoon in southern England. A crowd of grieving fans lined the streets and pathway up to the church to pay respects to the adored model and TV personality. Cards gushing with personal sentiments, bouquets of flowers, and countless tears were left at the doorstep of the family home as the crowd of mourners passed by. The 25-year-old died earlier this month on April 7.
A stately black hearse arrived on the property around 1 p.m. lavishly adorned with flowers. The motorized carriage carried the tenderly decorated sky blue coffin, which was specially personalized with a hand-painted mural of Geldof and her young family, including her two beloved pet dogs, delicate pink rose buds, and bouquets of peaches.
The service was held at St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence Church in Kent next to Davington Priory, her father’s country estate. This location has become easily recognized as the family parish. Only two years ago the recently deceased married her spouse Tom Cohen in 2012; today her coffin was escorted up the same aisle. Geldof’s mother and father were also married at the same sanctuary in 1986. In 2000, the funeral of her mother, television presenter Paula Yates, 41, was also held at St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence Church, following her tragic and accidental heroin overdose.
Hauntingly coincidental, the young British personality posted a photo of herself as a little girl with her mother on a social networking site only a few hours prior to her death. She commented pointedly that losing her mother at such a young age had been very difficult, but becoming a mother herself had helped her deal with the pain.
Several notable, high-profile celebrity family friends were in attendance such as Bill Wyman, former bassist of The Rolling Stones, Sarah Duchess of York, actress Trudie Styler, singer Eliza Doolittle, and super model Kate Moss, among others.
Police have labeled the young mother’s death as a “non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death.” On April 7, emergency officials responded to a call to check on the welfare of an unidentified woman near Wrotham, Kent. The address was the house belonging to Cohen and his wife, and the female in jeopardy was the beloved Peaches. She was soon after pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service. Reports from the initial autopsy have proved inconclusive, and inquiries into the cause of her death are not expected to be pursued until the toxicology test results are known.
Peaches’ father, famous former Boomtown Rats musician Bob Geldof, described the shock of his daughter’s death causing a grief beyond pain. He claims she was the “most bonkers” of the entire family, describing her as witty, wild, clever, and funny. The patriarch was to give the eulogy and lead the tributes at the private service. Peaches’ younger sister Pixie was also expected to say a few words.
Among the celebrities and family members in attendance at the funeral, Peaches Geldof is survived by her husband and their two young sons, Astala, 2, and Phaedra, 1. The ashes of the fair and beautiful blonde are suspected to be distributed in a garden at the country estate next to church. The favorited family member is remembered fondly growing up there as she was a little girl.
By Stacy Feder