Peaches Geldof 25, who potentially died from a heroin overdose, in a haunting and tragically similar way that mirrors her mother’s death. On April 7, the young wife and mother of two lost control to substance use. She made her way into celebrity on her own merit as a model, writer and TV personality. Her father, Sir Bob, is a singer-songwriter, political activist, author, and has worked as an actor. He is best known as an Irish rocker.
The day she died, a picture was posted on Twitter of a young Geldof along with her mother. An omen perhaps that she was going to find her way back to the woman she had lost and continued miss and love. Sadly, she succumbed to something the same way as her mother Paula Yates. The tragic loss of her mother to a drug overdose, at such a young age was totally devastating to the eleven-year-old girl. She often spoke of the struggles and impending grief that dogged her, leaving her unable to find or make peace with her mother’s death. She shared with others, that she simply was “never able to get over it.”
An inquest will take place later today to read results of the toxicology report. When she was found unresponsive in her home in Wrotham, Kent, there were no signs of drug paraphernalia near her body. Immediately prior to her death, she was caring for her 11-month-old son Phaedra, while husband Thomas Cohen was out with the couples 23-month old son Astala. At this time her drug supplier remains unknown. It is uncanny, that a young accomplished woman like Geldof could have possibly died from the vileness of a heroin overdose that mirrors her mother’s death far too closely.
The similarities in Yates and Geldof’s deaths are haunting. In 2000, Yates, also a TV personality accidentally overdosed on heroin while home alone with her oldest daughter Tiger Lily, who was then four-years-old. INXS singer, Michael Hutchence was Tiger Lily’s father. He committed suicide by hanging himself in 1997, after failing to find drugs while reportedly sifting through a hotel trash can.
In a 2012 interview with Elle, Geldof shared that she had experimented with drugs as a young person, and that thoughts of her mother and how she died, kept her from losing total control. It would seem that the amount of familial tragedy would alert those close to the family to check-in on Geldof. She’d been through a lot and expressed her inability to find a space to place her very real feelings about her mother’s death, to rest.
Another deep blow was the suicide of her sister’s father. The tragic deaths of two instrumental parental figures can cause survivor’s guilt and a wealth of other questions where answers are not readily apparent. Often, these harsh situations require professional help so that people don’t shut down and can start the healing process and begin to move forward. When deep seated issues are not dealt with pain remains allowing for self-destruction.
Having two children under the age of two can bring added stress no matter how much a mother loves her offspring. Admitting that unhealed hurt remains should be taken seriously and in many cases it should be viewed as a cry for help. Geldof, who was only 25, should not have died from a potential heroin overdose that mirrored her mother’s death and leaving babies behind to work through the hard legacy of unwarranted an untimely loss.
Opinion by C. Imani Williams