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Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose, Coroner Rules

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(LONDON) — A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, according to the BBC, which attended the inquest in Britain Wednesday.

The TV presenter and daughter of musician Bob Geldof had been a heroin addict and was taking the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death, but had apparently begun using heroin again.

The 25-year-old was found by her husband, Tom Cohen, slumped in a spare room of the home they shared in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7. He had been away with the older of their two sons, Astala, leaving Peaches Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra.

Geldof was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later found 6.9 grams of heroin in the house. A syringe containing the fatal dose was discovered hidden in a box of candy next to the bed.

Cohen told the inquest looking into Geldof’s death that his wife had begun using the drug again earlier this year in February, according to the BBC.

He said he witnessed her flushing drugs down the toilet but was unaware of other drugs in the house until they were found by police.

Cohen added that his wife had taken weekly drug tests since seeking treatment for her addiction two years ago, but he now believes that she lied about the tests being negative.

According to the BBC, pathologist Peter Jerreat said the levels of heroin in Geldof’s body were in a “fatal range.” Traces of codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her blood. The pathologist also noted that puncture wounds were found on Geldof’s body on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.

“It’s said that the death of Peaches Geldof-Cohen is history repeating itself but this not entirely so,” coroner Roger Hatch said at the inquest, according to the BBC.

Geldof’s mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 when Peaches was 11 years old.

“By November last year, she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counseling that she had received,” Hatch said. “This was a significant achievement for her but, for reasons we will never know, prior to her death she returned to taking heroin.”


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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals First Photos of Newborn Daughter

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, welcomed their baby girl earlier this month.

Now, the talk show host is introducing her to the world.

“We’ve been off work for the last two weeks. We’ve actually been on vacation. I got a lot done. I painted a mirror in my house. I grew this beard. Oh, and I had a baby also. My wife and I made a baby,” he said on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. “You know how we did it? We made it out of sex.”

Kimmel, 46, said his wife, 36, is “doing fine” after giving birth to baby Jane.

“I’m fine too. I was so brave,” he added. “I didn’t scream. You guys would’ve been very, very proud of me.”

Describing his daughter as having a “tiny” head (“Her head’s the size of a plum!” he marveled), he explained that her name has a sentimental origin.

“We named her after my grandmother,” he explained. “Her name is Grandma Kimmel.”

The comedian, who also has two adult children from a previous marriage, said that he’s been busy taking thousands of photos of his baby every day and re-learning how to parent a newborn.

“It’s interesting how much you forget. Did you know they don’t eat pizza at this stage?” he said with a smile. “Rest assured we’re going to do everything in our power to make this the best baby since a cute little guy called Jesus.”


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Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — And the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is…Demi Lovato.

Demi will appear in the company’s upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She’ll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that’s launching this year.

In a statement, the singer says, “My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I’m excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!”

Some of the stars who’ve previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.


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Jessica Simpson Shares Her Thoughts on Marriage, Growing Her Family

Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Jessica Simpson was busy this past weekend posting honeymoon pictures on Instagram and revealing her future family plans.

First, the recently-married singer and fashion mogul posted a picture with a friend’s newborn, writing, “I love you Jack, but I do not want another!!”

Simpson, 34, and husband Eric Johnson are already parents to Maxwell and Ace. The couple married in Santa Barbara, California, earlier this month.

On Sunday, Simpson posted a beautiful photo from her honeymoon, striking a pose in the hotel suite with the water crashing in the background.

She also posted a couple pics with her husband.

“I love this man, our marriage, and everything in between,” Simpson wrote.


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Zendaya Coleman Explains Exit from Aaliyah Biopic

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Zendaya Coleman opened up about her recent exit from the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.

The 17-year-old Disney star posted several videos on Instagram Friday explaining why she backed out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

“Let me just explain something,” she said in the first of three videos. “The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

The Shake It Up star was cast to play the late R&B singer in June but dropped out of the part weeks later amid widespread criticism over her casting. Some complained Coleman, who is biracial, was too fair-skinned for the role. Others questioned whether the singer-dancer-actress had the maturity to play the 22-year-old Aaliyah, who was once linked to R. Kelly and died in a plane crash at the height of her popularity in 2001.

But Coleman, who was the runner-up on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, said she left because of concerns over the production.

“The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation,” Coleman said in the second clip. “I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own and I wrote a letter, but, I was unable to do so. Therefore, I felt not really morally okay with moving forward with the project.”

Instead, Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp will replace Coleman in the role. Talk host Wendy Williams, who is executive producing the TV movie, made the announcement on Twitter and her show Friday.

Coleman sent her best wishes to Shipp.

“Congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah,” Coleman she said in her final video. “I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the hate that I had to deal with. Remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.”


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