“Peaches Geldof found dead aged 25…”
Most of us had nothing to do with Peaches Geldof, if truth be told. She did not have an impact upon many, if any, of us.
So, if you’re wondering why the media have her death as a headline, you need to go back a generation. While we wait for her cause of death, it is not Peaches’s life we are remembering, it is her mother’s, her father’s, even her semi-stepfather’s.
After all it was her father, Sir Bob, who invented the concept of super rich singers putting their giant talents together for free, to help the starving of the world. At the time, in 1984, it was to raise aid for the famine afflicted of Ethiopia. The song was Do They Know It’s Christmas? and featured a bunch of musicians on one song.Sir Bob then organised a huge concert, Band Aid, to raise money. We thought that starvation would be over by Tuesday, and, while it wasn’t, Bob Geldof had done a great thing.
Several years later he seemed happy enough with his wife, TV host Paula Yates, and their three ridiculously named girls, Fifi Trixiebelle, Peaches, and Pixie.
Then it all went bad, and got worse. Yates ran off with Michael Hutchence and they had a baby together, Heavenly Hiraani Tigerlily. Hutchence died in strange circumstances, rumoured to be related to custody issues blamed on Bob. Yates never recovered from the grief and within three years in 2000 died from a drug overdose. Bob Geldof adopted the baby she’d had with her lover, and has stated that without the four daughters she had left, he too would have been dead by suicide.
Years on, it seemed that life had become bearable for Geldof. His girls had grown up, gained careers. He was even a grandfather. Peaches had settled into mothering her infant boys with her beloved husband.
And so this morning, the news was not just a celebrity death, but the news was that tragedy, heartache and injustice strike and continue to strike, no matter how much money you have, or how much you’ve changed the world.
None of us are immune.
Even the man who, for what it was worth, tried to bring Christmas to the most remote parts of the world.