Twenty-five-year-old British socialite and model Peaches Geldof died of mysterious causes just a few weeks ago, leaving us heartbroken for her two baby boys and questioning -- could it happen to us? I mean, she was a seemingly healthy 25-year-old mum who absolutely adored her children Astala, 23 months, and Phaedra, nearly 12 months (at the time of her death).
Although police described the scene of her "sudden unexplained" death as "non-suspicious," it's expected to be announced Thursday that the daughter of Sir Bob Geldof died the same way her mother Paula Yates did 14 years ago -- an accidental heroin overdose.
Police didn't find any drug paraphernalia in the country home she shared with husband Tom Cohen where she was found, which raises suspicions that someone removed it before law enforcement was called in. If it was indeed an overdose and the "evidence" was removed -- I can't necessarily blame whoever did it. I wouldn't want my loved one to be immediately dismissed in death because of drugs.
Substance abuse is such a scary, complicated, ongoing thing. We learned that from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith in the last year. No one can know what causes someone to succumb and relapse into something they know is bad for them.
One thing that is especially haunting about Peaches' death is the similarities between it and her mother's. Before her death, she even said she felt like her mom was "living through me all the time because we are just so similar," and the last picture she posted online was of her as a little girl with her mom.
Peaches lost her mom when she was 11 to heroin, while her 4-year-old sister Tiger Lily played nearby, and it's been reported that her own children were home with her when she died.
In her last interview, she said that it was through being a mother to her sons that she was able to come to peace with her memories of her own mom.
I'm not sure I've yet fully made peace with my childhood, but with my mum I have come to terms with everything.
There are so many parallels between us. Now I can understand everything. I think you have to experience hardships and pain yourself to fully understand people who have been through it and also you can never really experience happiness unless you've had that down feeling too.
The way I've been raising them [her sons] is with pure love. I just have a lot of hopes for them, and I hope when they're older they get to have a bit of the youth that I lost out on when I had them. Now I am a mum, I can correct those awful parts of my childhood and it's a really healing process.
Before, I was not at peace with myself about it because I was just traumatised. That's why I was living a chaotic lifestyle. But now I have the kids I can heal the situation. It's so good in every single way, really.
So heartbreaking. I hope that her sons are able to grow up with peace in their hearts for their mom. She was as human and frail as any of us, but she loved them very, very much.
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