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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Peaches & Heroin: Truth and Lies in Celebrity Death Reporting

Peaches & Heroin: Truth and Lies in Celebrity Death Reporting from Spike EP on Vimeo.

or, Truth, Lies and News International.

"When a death is reported to a coroner:

A doctor may report the death to a coroner if the:

cause of death is unknown
death was violent or unnatural
death was sudden and unexplained
person who died was not visited by a medical practitioner during their final illness
medical certificate isn’t available
person who died wasn’t seen by the doctor who signed the medical certificate within 14 days before death or after they died
death occurred during an operation or before the person came out of anaesthetic
medical certificate suggests the death may have been caused by an industrial disease or industrial poisoning

The coroner may decide that the cause of death is clear. In this case:

1) The doctor signs a medical certificate.
2) You take the medical certificate to the registrar.
3) The coroner issues a certificate to the registrar stating a post-mortem isn’t needed.

If the coroner decides to hold an inquest

A coroner must hold an inquest if the cause of death is still unknown, or if the person:

possibly died a violent or unnatural death
died in prison or police custody
You can’t register the death until after the inquest. The coroner is responsible for sending the relevant paperwork to the registrar.

The death can’t be registered until after the inquest, but the coroner can give you an interim death certificate to prove the person is dead. You can use this to let organisations know of the death and apply for probate.

When the inquest is over the coroner will tell the registrar what to put in the register.


The Coroner's Inquest in the case of the death of Peaches Geldof has been adjourned and postponed until JULY.

The Cause of her Death is Unknown.

The Manner of her Death is Unknown.

Pending the Coroner's verdict, given the highly suspect and unusual manner of her death, it would be an act of gross police negligence or malpractice if there were not at this time an open and ongoing police investigation.


But she did NOT die of a Heroin overdose, and nor did her mother.