We are still heartsick over the death of young mom Peaches Geldof. And we're baffled. How could this have happened? Police are investigating, and their latest finding solves at least one theory: Police found no evidence of hard drugs connected with Peaches' death. They've also found no suicide note and no signs of physical injury. Her death remains unexplained, but one more theory making the rounds suggests a different kind of addiction may have cut Peaches' life short.
Now people are speculating that Peaches' juice cleanses may have caused her early death. Juice cleanses?!? Geldof told OK magazine she lived on three juices a day for a month at a time to lose weight. "I have no will-power but with the juicing I’m like: ‘I have to do it because I have to lose this extra ten pounds.’ I’ll lose it and then I’m back going mental for the chips. I juice and then I eat chips.'"
A dietitian commented on Geldof's diet, giving a dire warning: "Peaches is at high risk of electrolyte abnormalities which could lead to acute cardiac arrest. It is what kills anorexics," said British Dietetic Association spokeswoman Cath Collins.
Meanwhile, TMZ is running a video of Geldof looking especially thin on her way into a fashion event just days before her death and -- wait. Stop right there. This whole conversation feels so, so wrong to me.
It's barely been 24 hours and we're already speculating that Peaches Geldof died from an eating disorder? Have some respect, everyone. I know her death is a mystery we all want solved now, but couldn't we give the investigation a few days first? Could we respect her family and resist the temptation to assign blame for Peaches' death?
I know the idea that a seemingly healthy, young mother could suddenly die is disturbing to us for many reasons. The question that rises in the back of our minds, that we usually don't dare address, is: Could this happen to me, too? We want that question answered in the negative as soon as possible. No, she was on drugs. No, she had a secret illness. No, she was anorexic. Answering that question as soon as possible relieves us of our fear that we, too, could die suddenly, for no reason.
But there are no such guarantees in life. We may never find out what caused Peaches to die -- or we may find out it was indeed related to an eating disorder. Whatever the case, I hope we meet the news with some compassion and empathy.
What do you think of the rumors about Peaches Geldof's death?
Image via Peaches Geldof/Instagram