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April 7, 2014

Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25

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LONDON —

In an interview with the Guardian in 2009, Peaches acknowledged that she used drugs before but said she had stopped.

"'Yeah, I've taken drugs. Yes, I have had experiences, and a few of those experiences were unsavory, not ones I want to repeat, but I was growing up. I wanted the experience," she told the paper.

"I wasn't hugely into drugs, and I'm sober now," she added. "I'm not Amy Winehouse. I never have been. I wasn't a crackhead."

Peaches was married twice and leaves behind two sons, 23-month-old Astala and Phaedra, 11 months.

Her first marriage, at age 19 to Max Drummey, a vocalist with U.S. indie rock band Chester French, began at a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas. It lasted six months and ended in 2009.

Her second marriage was to Tom Cohen, lead singer of the defunct London punk band S.C.U.M

"My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra, and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day. We shall love her forever," Cohen said in a statement.

Reaction across Britain was disbelief.

"It's very, very sad. Peaches has overcome a lot in her childhood, seemed to be getting her life together. You hear something like this and words can fail you. It's just tragic, terrible news," Ray Levine, Peaches' former publicist, told Sky News.

"Having to deal with the death of your mother at such a young age would be difficult for any child, let alone someone in the public spotlight. But Peaches overcame that," he said.

It was not easy being the daughter of a famous, wealthy father and Peaches struggled with a turbulent social life. In 2010 she was dropped from a lingerie modelling contract after photographs showing her topless and allegations that she used drugs surfaced.

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