Peaches Geldof, the troubled 25 year old daughter of rocker and humanitarian Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has died. Geldof has issued this heartbreaking statement:
“Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.
“Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?
“We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is.
“Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken. Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.”
This is how we got here: when Peaches was 11 in 2000, her mother, model Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose. She had recently given birth to a child with INXS rocker Michael Hutchence. Hutchence had hanged himself in November 1997. Geldof, of the rock group Boomtown Rats, and the man who organized Live Aid, took in the baby, named Tiger, and adopted her.
Peaches never recovered from the traumas. She did manage to have two children, one of whom is just turning 1 year old this month. There’s nothing worse than losing a child. Condolences to Bob Geldof and his family.