Peaches Geldof Dies Aged 25, Embraced Jewish Traditions
Journalist, model and actress Peaches Geldof was found dead aged 25 on Monday, the BBC reported. She was the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and model Paula Yates.
She is survived by her husband, Jewish musician Thomas Cohen, and two young sons: Astala, 1, and Phaedra, who will turn 1 on April 24.
“My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons,” said Cohen in a statement. “I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever.”
Cohen told Britain’s Daily Mail last year that Geldof had recently discovered she was also Jewish.
“Peaches is Jewish – her grandmother is Jewish – she only discovered it last year,” he said. “It makes a lot of sense to me. She seems to me like a Jewish woman, the way she thinks and behaves. The first present I ever bought her was a Star of David from an antiques shop in Covent Garden. She wears and really loves it.”
The pair married in September 2013 in a traditional Jewish ceremony and Geldof publicly embraced Jewish traditions. At the time, she posted a candid picture of herself and Cohen on their wedding night dancing the Hora.
Cohen said, “My parents met on a kibbutz in Israel, I’m very proud to be Jewish and a big part of me being a creative person comes from being Jewish. The eccentricity in Jewish musicians really connects with me.”
Last Passover, she shared photos on Instagram of her family seder, including one of her pet dog wearing a yarmulke.
Police said in a statement that Peaches’ death is currently being treated as “unexplained and sudden,” the BBC said. A police statement said they were called to an address near Wrotham, Kent on Monday afternoon following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman.
“A woman aged 25 was pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service. Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death,” the statement said.
“We are beyond pain,” said Peaches’ father. “She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?”
Born in 1989, Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof embarked on a media career at the age of 15 when she began writing a column for Elle magazine. She also contributed to Britain’s Telegraph and Guardian, as well as television shows including ITV2’s OMG! with Peaches Geldof. She also worked as a model and just last week attended the launch of Tesco’s F&F clothing range in London.