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Bob Geldof 'Blames Himself' for Daughter Peaches' Heroin Death

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By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 09:21 AM

Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats said he "blames himself" for the death of his daughter Peaches, who died in April of a heroin overdose.

"You blame yourself, the father who's responsible, who clearly failed," Geldof said in a Wednesday interview with ITV News' Mark Austin. "Yes, of course you do. For anybody watching, who has a dead kid and you’re a parent, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go over, you go over. What could you have done? You do as much as you can."

Sir Geldof, 63, said that Peaches was living in the shadow of her mother, television presenter Paula Yeats, who also died of a heroin overdose in 2000. He said his ex-wife's death "damaged" his children.

"The first thing is that she was super bright. Too bright," he said, speaking to the character of his late daughter. "She knew what life was supposed to be and, God bless her, she tried very hard to get there and she didn't make it."

"The ability to try and understand — though it is incomprehensible — or to come to terms with the immensity of the grief is there," he concluded.

Geldof, who has seen success as a musician and a force in philanthropic fundraising as the founder of Band Aid and Live Aid, has recently gone back on tour, which he said takes his mind off the pain of his loss.

"I put on my snakeskin suit and I can be this other thing," he said. "It is utterly cathartic those two hours. I am drained and it's a very brief respite. It just so happened that this was available to me when the immensity, the enormity of losing my kid happened."



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