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April 7, 2014

Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25

LONDON — Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of concert organizer Bob Geldof who filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics as she flirted through the fashion and celebrity world, was found dead Monday at age 25.

There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England but police called it "unexplained and sudden."

The news came as a shock to Britain's entertainment and fashion circles, where Peaches had been active as a model, television presenter and fashion writer. She was a frequent attendee at fashion shows and was photographed just last week at a London show for the Tesco brand F&F.

Peaches was only a girl of 11 when her mother Paula Yates died of a drug overdose in 2000 and those who knew her said it hit her extremely hard.

The last tweet Peaches sent on Twitter came on Sunday, when she posted a photograph of herself as a toddler with her mother and the caption: "Me and my mum."

Her father and family issued an anguished statement Monday about her death.

"Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," Geldof said. "Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. 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."

The statement was signed by Bob, Jeanne (his partner), Peaches' sisters Fifi and Pixie and her half-sister Tiger Geldof.

Kent police declined to name Geldof, but when asked about her death they said in a statement that officers were called to a house near Wrotham following a report of concern for a woman's welfare Monday afternoon. They said the 25-year-old woman was pronounced dead by emergency officers and that the death was being treated as "unexplained and sudden."

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