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Bob Geldof: My daughter Peaches is dead

 

Rocker Bob Geldof released a statement regarding the death of his wild-child daughter Peaches, who worked as a model, television presenter and fashion writer.

“She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,” said the onetime Boomtown Rats front man, 62. “Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?”

There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Kent, in southeast England. Police called it “an unexplained sudden death.”

Peaches, 25, was twice married and leaves two sons and her second husband, musician Tom Cohen.

The last tweet she sent was on Sunday, posting a photograph of herself as a child and her late mother Paula Yates, who died of a drug overdose in 2000.

More heartbreak

Newly “uncoupled” Gwyneth Paltrow has been dealt another blow: Her grandmother Dorothy Paltrow, who lived in West Palm Beach, is dead, according to The Palm Beach Post. She was the mother of the actress’ dad, Bruce Paltrow, who died of oral cancer in 2002. A private memorial service will be held.

Exit date

Apparently, it’s celebrity retirement season. First came news that David Letterman was stepping down. Now Barbara Walters has made it official. The news vet, 84, plans to make her final appearance on The View May 16, part of a daylong celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. Later that night, ABC will air a prime-time special on her career. Walters spent some of her childhood and teen years in Miami Beach after her father, Lou Walters, moved around the country opening up nightclubs. She began in TV in 1961.

Bump in the night

If Rihanna is indeed pregnant, as gossip website MediaTakout.com reports, we have to wonder who the father is: on-again boyfriend Drake, or off-again boyfriend Chris Brown? Ri-Ri suspiciously took a break from touring and was photographed with a small belly bulge.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Bindi Irwin arrives at the 3rd Annual AACTA Awards Ceremony at The Star on January 30, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

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    Speaking in depth for the first time about her father Steve Irwin’s death, 16-year-old Bindi Irwin told People magazine the “sadness never goes away.” The Crocodile Hunter star died after a rogue attack by a stingray in 2006. Bindi, a SeaWorld youth ambassador, keeps Irwin’s memory alive by working with animals and lives within the gates of the Australia Zoo.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, Peaches Geldof arrives to attend the ETAM's ready to wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris. A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose. Coroner Roger Hatch said Wednesday that Geldof had taken a fatal dose after a period of trying to come off the drug. The 25-year-old daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof was found dead at her home south of London on April 7, 2014.

    Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    LONDON (AP) – Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.

  • Celebrity birthdays on July 23

    Actress Gloria DeHaven is 89. Radio personality Don Imus is 74. Actor Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 67. Actor Woody Harrelson is 53. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is 53. Actor Eriq Lasalle (“ER”) is 52. Guitarist Slash is 49. Model Stephanie Seymour is 46. Comedian Marlon Wayans is 42. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 34. Actor Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 32. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 25.

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