A CRIMINAL inquiry is underway into the death of Peaches Geldof after it emerged that heroin was likely to have played a part.

Kent Police said there was an "ongoing investigation into the supply of drugs" in connection with the 25-year-old's death.

She was found by her husband Thomas Cohen with one leg hanging down to the floor and the other tucked underneath her in a spare bedroom in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7.

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At the opening of her inquest in Gravesend, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, of Kent Police, said recent heroin use "was likely to have played a role" in her death.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police can confirm an ongoing investigation into the supply of drugs in connection with the death of Peaches Geldof."

Ms Geldof's death marks a parallel to the death of her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose, aged 41, in 2000.

Mr Fotheringham said. He said: "Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death."

Mr Hatch adjourned the inquest for a full hearing to take place on July 23.

None of Ms Geldof's family, including her father Bob, were at the hearing.