Heroin 'such a bleak drug' - Geldof

Published Friday, 20 June 2014
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Model and television presenter Peaches Geldof described heroin as "such a bleak drug" in what is thought to have been her last ever interview before she died.

Heroin 'such a bleak drug' - Geldof
Peaches Geldof died in April. (© Getty)

The 25-year-old's body was found at her home followiing a possible a drug-related death in April.

At an inquest in May, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, of Kent Police, said recent heroin use ''was likely to have played a role'' in her death

In an interview published this week in The Spectator magazine, the daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates spoke of the pressures of fame and said she felt people thought she would die in the same way as her TV presenter mother.

Yates died from an accidental heroin overdose at her London home aged 41 in 2000.

Just weeks after the interview, the mother-of-two, who had been a high-profile figure on social media where she posted a picture of herself and Yates a day before her death, was dead.

She told journalist William Todd Schultz: "I'm young but people all know the same information about me. That's the worst thing, the preconceptions.

"Your life, they keep telling you, is pre-ordained - I'm going to die like my mother. 'She's going to end up like her mother.'

"And people expect you to spew these intimacies to them, like you are in a church confessional. It's an interview, not a therapy session."

Geldof said she was a fan of songwriter Elliott Smith, who had been a drug addict in the later years of his life, and told how she had been thinking about "the sad death of virtuosos", according to the interview.

"Heroin is such a bleak drug," she said. "It always makes me so sad to hear about people like (film director Philip Seymour) Hoffman, who were real masters and also family men who were just wasted by the constant, gnawing obsession with it.

"All heroin users seem to have the same core internal pain, though. It's a fascinating concept - drug of choice."

Geldof, whose Twitter account has more than 216,000 followers, said of fame: "Anyone who says they don't read their own press is categorically lying. You need to keep on top of it for your work. You cannot be in the public eye and not have it affect you."

A full inquest into Geldof's death is expected to take place on 23 July.

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