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Peaches Geldof: Post-mortem to take place on Wednesday

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Media captionBob Geldof said his family are "beyond pain" following the death of his daughter Peaches

A post-mortem examination following the death of Peaches Geldof, who has died aged 25, will be on Wednesday, Kent County Council have confirmed.

In a statement, the council said: "A decision on whether there needs to be an inquest depends upon the final results of the post mortem."

The council added that it "could take some weeks" for those results.

Geldof, who was the daughter of musician and campaigner Bob Geldof, was found dead at her Kent home on Monday.

Kent Police said earlier that her death was being treated as "non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden".

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Image caption Geldof attended a fashion show in London last week

Fifi Trixibelle Geldof paid tribute to her sister Peaches earlier on Tuesday and posted on Instagram: "My beautiful baby sister.... Gone but never forgotten. I love you Peaches x."

Irish President Michael D Higgins also paid tribute to the writer, TV presenter and model.

Actress Susan Sarandon, singer Boy George, politician Martin McGuinness and TV presenter Davina McCall have also offered condolences.

President Higgins extended "my deepest sympathies to Bob Geldof and his family on the sudden and untimely death of his daughter Peaches".

Peaches father Bob said his family are "beyond pain" following the news.

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Image caption This 1989 image shows Peaches Geldof as a baby with parents Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, and sister Fifi Trixibelle

Peaches was the second daughter of Geldof and the late TV presenter Paula Yates.

President Higgins, who was due to meet Bob Geldof this week during a state visit to Britain, said his thoughts were with the family.

"This is such a difficult cross to bear for any family and all of our thoughts are with Peaches' family and friends at this time. Sabina and I were due to meet Bob Geldof while on the state visit and we are thinking of him at this time of immense loss," he added.

Peaches Geldof had two young sons with her second husband, musician Tom Cohen. She was 11 when her own mother died.

In a family statement issued on Monday night, Bob Geldof said: "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.

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Media captionOK! Online's Sarah Robertson: Peaches Geldof "was phenomenally bright"

"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. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken."

The statement was signed Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.

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."

Bob Geldof was knighted in 1986 for his work in organising Live Aid and other concerts that raised millions for the starving people of Africa. He first gained prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats in the 1970s.

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Image caption Geldof married Thomas Cohen, lead singer of the band SCUM, in 2012

Yates, who was famous for presenting Channel 4's The Big Breakfast and music show The Tube, died of a heroin overdose in September 2000.

Boy George, who sang on the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas?, tweeted: "We spoke only a month ago and she looked like an angel."

Geldof's connections led to a diverse cross-section of tributes from those on the celebrity circuit and and politicians.

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, added his voice by saying: "The loss of Peaches Geldof is very sad for her family & friends - very sorry for them, so tragic."

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Media captionMichelle Mone tells 5 live: "She was an incredible young woman"

Singer Ellie Goulding said: "Even if you think you've got it all figured out, some things still can't be explained or understood. Two beautiful children. RIP Peaches."

Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon described Geldof as "beautiful" on Twitter, while X Factor winner Sam Bailey tweeted she was "so nice and a great mother".

TV presenter Davina McCall said it was "unbearable news" while Dermot O'Leary added: "Met Peaches several times. Really sweet girl. So so sad for the Geldof family."

Pop duo Rizzle Kicks tweeted that they were "absolutely devastated" while musician Gary Numan wrote: "I can't begin to imagine the pain Bob & Peaches family are going through."

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Image caption Peaches Geldof's final tweet was a picture of herself as a young child with her mother

Former boxing star Barry McGuigan tweeted that he was "shockingly sad" to hear the news.

Entertainer Lionel Blair tweeted that he was "so shocked" at the news, while US socialite Paris Hilton described Geldof as "a beautiful & special soul".

Members of Girls Aloud also paid tribute.

Nadine Coyle said: ""As a new mummy, I have loved seeing her progress with her babies. A very sad day."

Nicola Roberts tweeted that she was "unbelievably sad".

A host of other celebrities also expressed their sadness at her death, including presenters of ITV's This Morning show Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Schofield, who appeared with Geldof on This Morning, wrote online: "Utterly stunned at the terrible news of the death of Peaches Geldof! The dreadful loss of a really lovely woman."

Willoughby added: "Just heard about Peaches, so unbelievably tragic. So shocked and sad. Sending my thoughts and love to her family."

Actor Noel Clarke expressed his shock at Geldof's death: "Terrible news! So, so young!"

The Saturdays' Rochelle Hume said her "thoughts were with her babies and family".

Also among those to pay tribute was Michelle Mone, founder of underwear firm Ultimo, who employed Geldof as a brand ambassador.

She called her "an incredible young woman" and said their relationship remained good despite Geldof being dropped by the company in 2010 after allegations about her taking drugs appeared in newspapers.

"I really did respect her and every time I met her I just felt quite proud of her because she had managed to turn her life around and seemed very happy," Mone told BBC Radio 5live.

Geldof's final tweet on Sunday was a picture of her as a child with her mother Yates, with the message: "Me and my mum."

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Media captionPeaches Geldof was on Sport Relief last month

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