News

Peaches Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof, dead at 25

Peaches Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof, dead at 25

PEACHES GELDOF: The socialite and TV personality was found dead at the age of 25. Photo: Associated Press

By Sarah Young

LONDON (Reuters) – Peaches Geldof, daughter of Band Aid founder and musician Bob Geldof and a media and fashion personality in her own right, has died at her home in Kent, southern England, aged 25, British media reported on Monday.

Peaches Geldof, who was married for the second time and had two sons under 2 years old, had worked as a DJ, model, journalist and television personality.

Her father, an Irish singer who rose to prominence as the leader of the 1970s-1980s band the Boomtown Rats, and later organized the charity Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia, said in a statement that the family was “beyond pain”.

Peaches’ mother, television presenter Paula Yates, who was married to Geldof from 1986 to 1996, died in 2000, aged 41, from a heroin overdose.

PHOTOS: 2014 Notable Deaths

Peaches’ last Twitter post, on Sunday, was a photograph of herself and her mother.

Her father issued a statement, carried on British media, saying: “She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. 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.”

He described the family as “fractured so often but never broken”.

Twitter was immediately filled with messages from fans and followers, including one that read: “Heaven gained a beautiful angel R.I.P beautiful girl.”

After her marriage to Bob Geldof, Yates was involved with the Australian rock star Michael Hutchence, whose death in 1997 was ruled to have been suicide.

Local police confirmed on Monday that a 25-year-old woman had been pronounced dead after they were called to an address in Kent.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Michael Roddy and Kevin Liffey)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Immigration Reform Advocates Rally in Springfield

immigration rally

Organizers of a Springfield rally Thursday say they will continue their fight

in Election 2014, Local

Rauner Denies Connection to Intimidation by Private Investigators

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Bruce Rauner says he had nothing to do with armed investigators coming up to people who signed nominating petitions for the Libertarian Party.

in Local

Downtown Festivals Could Get a Tune-Up

Downtown Springfield Inc

DSI: We don't just put on festivals

in Local

Kidzeum Fundraising Efforts “On Track”

Kidzeum-Adams-street

Long-awaited museum could open next year

in Local

Galesburg Teachers End Strike

school_bus

Galesburg teachers have ended a two-week strike after their union reached a tentative contract agreement with the board of education.