Peaches Geldof: 'the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,' said her father Bob. Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
The Geldof family was struggling to come to terms with the latest chapter in its tragic history after the sudden death of Peaches Geldof, aged just 25, at her home in Kent on Monday.
"We are beyond pain," her father, Bob Geldof, said as he confirmed the news.
The journalist and model was pronounced dead by a crew from South East Coast ambulance service after they were called to her home near Wrotham at 1.35pm on Monday "following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman". The news broke 24 hours after Geldof, who had 169,000 followers on Twitter, posted a picture of herself as a toddler being held by her mother, the TV presenter Paula Yates who died from an accidental heroin overdose in September 2000. She captioned it simply: "Me and my mum".
A spokesperson for Kent police said on Monday night: "At this stage, the death is being treated as an unexplained sudden death. Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death."
Her father, the musician and campaigner Bob Geldof, issued a statement on behalf of his family, which he described as "fractured so often, but never broken".
"Peaches has died," he said. "We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is."
Peaches Geldof with her husband Thomas Cohen at the London premiere of the final Twilight film in November 2012. Photograph: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images
Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof was married to Thomas Cohen, a 23-year-old musician, who she wed at the same church in Davington, Kent, where her parents married 26 years earlier. It was also where her mother's funeral was held in 2000. They had two young sons, Astala, one, and Phaedra, who will turn one this month.
"Tom and her sons, Astala and Phaedra, will always belong in our family," Bob Geldof continued, before signing off on behalf of himself and his partner, Jeanne Marine, Peaches' older sister Fifi Trixibelle, her younger sister Pixie and her younger half-sister, Tiger Geldof, whose father, the INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, killed himself in a Sydney hotel room in 1997.
In a separate statement, Cohen said: "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."
Her most recent appearences included attending a fashion show for Tesco, taking part in a challenge for Sport Relief with her dog Parper and backing a fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK. The news of her death was received with shock by colleagues in the entertainment industry. The TV presenter Phillip Schofield said he was "utterly stunned" at "the dreadful loss of a really lovely woman". Myleene Klass tweeted: "The news of beautiful Peaches is utterly devastating. God bless her babies".