The former wild child had finally found happiness. Or so we thought...
Until her sudden death last week, Peaches Geldof had battled to be the perfect mum.
But the 25-year-old’s passing at her home in Wrotham, Kent, has now left shocked loved ones wondering what went wrong.
The tragedy has focused attention on the events that marred her short life, including the death of her mother, TV host Paula Yates, from an overdose when she was 11.
Unable to deal with the loss, Peaches appeared to go from a Disney-loving kid to experimenting with drugs in just a few years.
By the time of her death on 7 April, though, it seemed she’d found the stability she’d always craved.
She was wed to singer Thomas Cohen, 23, and had two sons, Astala, 23 months, and Phaedra, 11 months.
In what was to be her final column for Mother & Baby mag, she said: ‘I wanted an anchor. So when I had two wailing, smiling, joyful blobs of waddling pink flesh, they became my entire existence and saved me from one of pure apathy.’
But did her battle to exorcise the demons from her past and be the perfect mum lead to her death?
Now investigates the unanswered question.
Was it a heart attack?
A postmortem held last week was inconclusive and no drugs or suicide note have been found.
But there has been concern regarding her weight.
After discovering she had cholesterol problems, in 2011 Peaches joked that her junk food diet meant she had the ‘heart of a 90-year-old’.
She embarked on drastic juice cleanses that would allow her to drop 10lb in four weeks.
‘You juice vegetables and drink them three times a day. It’s gross. I do it for a month,’ she said.
Chillingly, the British Dietetic Association‘s Cath Collins warned at the time that such an extreme diet could cause a cardiac arrest.
Peaches never admitted to an eating disorder but her dramatic weight loss during her pregnancies caused concern.
She lost 2st and spoke of being sick up to 40 times a day during her first pregnancy.
Yet as recently as February, Peaches looked thin at the NME Awards.
Her Julien Macdonald dress hung off her frame and she looked like she weighed under 7st.
Was her death due to drugs?
Peaches used to be a regular on the London party scene and her hedonistic lifestyle sparked worries her mother’s history was about to repeat itself.
She said: ‘I did experiment with drugs, get drunk and go to parties, but I was never that wild. I could’ve let myself spiral but I remembered what happened to my mum.’
In July 2008, Peaches was reportedly treated by paramedics after a suspected overdose and was believed to have stopped breathing for several minutes.
But after getting married, she and Thomas decided to move out of London, and settled in an idyllic home in Kent in 2013.
Yet recently Peaches had started returning to the capital for parties.
She was at the Brits on 19 February and a few days later she was at the NME Awards.
‘She contacted lots of people asking for a ticket two days before and seemed really desperate to get in,’ revealed an agent for the event.
Friends say it’s inconceivable Peaches had returned to drugs at a time in her life when she was so happy and fulfilled as a mother.
She herself said recently: ‘With lives that depend on me, I’m not about to let them down, not for anyone or anything.’
Why are police teams searching her home?
As the police and Peaches‘ family continue to search for answers about her death, there’s been a
high presence of forensic teams and sniffer dogs scouring her home.
A spokesperson for Kent Police tells Now: ‘The family deserve to know what happened and we need to be sure we haven’t missed anything.
‘It isn’t being treated as suspicious and we’re confident there is no foul play but forensics are there fact-finding and gathering evidence to present to the coroner because the death is unexplained.
‘It’s standard procedure in cases where the cause of death is not obvious.’
Was she obsessed with the occult?
Speculation’s also focused on Peaches‘ fascination with cults.
Previously linked with Scientology, she’d recently sported a tattoo from Ordo Templi Orientis, an occult group followed by author Aleister Crowley, once called ‘the wickedest man in the world’.
She developed an unhealthy interest in black magic, too, collecting books and posting disturbing messages online about her beliefs.
What will happen to her boys?
As an advocate of Attachment Parenting, Peaches will have physically kept her sons with her as much as possible, even sleeping in the same bed as them.
Sadly, it’s been reported her youngest son was by her side when she died.
Sources say the family are being held together by Peaches‘ sister Fifi, 31, and they’ve all pledged
to support Thomas as he brings the boys up.
Thomas‘s mum Sue has had a hands-on role with the kids, looking after them when Peaches had to work, and the Geldof girls’ childhood nanny Anita Debney will also play a role in the children’s future as their godmother.
Nonetheless, there is now stunned disbelief as to how Peaches‘ young sons came to be motherless at such a tender age.