Peaches Geldof: Haunted By Death Of Paula Yates

8 April 2014
Peaches Geldof: Haunted By Death Of Paula Yates

Peaches Geldof's sudden death has hit a family which has struggled to overcome tragedy after tragedy.

Ms Geldof was just 11 when her Big Breakfast presenter mother Paula Yates died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41.

Yates had two years earlier lost custody of her and her sisters Pixie and Fifi, and the three girls went to live with their father Sir Bob Geldof - after an apparent suicide attempt.

Yates and Sir Bob divorced in 1996, when Ms Geldof was seven.

He would later take custody of Yates' daughter Tiger Lily after the deaths of both her mother, and her father, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, who was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in 1997.

Ms Geldof was also the granddaughter of Hughie Green, who became a household name while presenting Double Your Money and Opportunity Knocks in the 1960s and 70s.

Until late into her life Paula Yates believed her natural father was TV presenter Jess Yates.

However, following reports in the media, a paternity test proved that Green, who died six months before Hutchence in 1997, was actually her father.

In November 2012, Ms Geldof told Elle magazine of her struggles to get over her parents' split and her mother's death.

She reportedly said: "I was completely aware of the whole situation, the transition of my mother who was amazing, who wrote books on parenting, who gave us this idyllic childhood in Kent; and who then turned into this heartbroken shell of a woman who was just medicating to get through the day.

"On top of that, there was my father who was very embittered and depressed.

"It was like living on a permanent see-saw and very scary and sad. Those feelings have always stayed with me, they just never went away."

As her children - 23-month-old Astala and 11-month-old Phaedra - adapt to life without her, Ms Geldof's husband Thomas Cohen said he would bring the two boys up "with their mother in their hearts".

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