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Will Peaches be mourned or scorned?

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Peaches Geldof tried so hard to follow in her mother Paul Yates’ footsteps that she appears to have gone so far as to have replicated her tragic heroin overdose death, complete with infant child in the house with her.

Details of her sudden and unexplained death last month have finally been revealed by a British coroner. Geldof, 25, died of a heroin overdose, The Times of London reported, adding that a British coroner would hand down its finding to this fact.

Why would she do exactly the same thing as her own mother did, knowing how much pain and agony it caused?

Ultimately, this tragedy looks, from the outside, to be a terribly sad death of a young woman that has left two children motherless, a husband widowed and an entire family devastated.

Geldof had a tumultuous life, littered with death, drugs, sadness and then, quite extraordinarily, what appeared to be a calm and happy detour into motherhood and wedded bliss.

On Instagram and Twitter, Geldof was a happy-go-lucky mother who had survived a very screwed-up childhood, but following her death it seems all was not right with Geldof’s rosy second chance at life, and her death certainly depicted this.

1989: Peaches Geldof as an infant, with her parents, Paul Yates and Bob Geldof, and sister Fifi Trixibelle. Photo: AAP

In 2000, when Geldof was an impressionable 11-year-old, her famous mother died of an heroin overdose in her London home, with Geldof’s four-year-old half sister Tigerlily in the house with her.

In the hours leading up to Geldof’s own death she posted a photo of herself with her mum. And now the overdose factor in her death is explained; she wanted to be with her mum.

The sad and, dare we say it, selfish reality of the way she died is that her two sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra, will be left with a life of longing for their mum.

As horrific as it is for a young woman to die of a drug overdose, without knowing whether Geldof was suffering from any of the reports of depression and eating disorders, she has taken a risk that sees her two sons now motherless.

Why would she do exactly the same thing as her own mother did, knowing how much pain and agony it caused?

In the weeks leading up to her death, it has been reported that she had become obsessed with how Yates died.

“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,” Geldof said of her mother in her final interview.

“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.”

Clearly it wasn’t peace enough for her, but it’s unnerving to see her speak about her own experiences and then to think her only thoughts were potentially of herself when she overdosed.

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