Here's Why It's OK to Be Upset Over Peaches Geldof's Death

7/25/2014 3:30 PM PDT, by
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Peaches Geldof
passed away a few months ago, and this week we learned that the official cause of death was a heroin overdose. Peaches was found in her home with heroin and syringes and the like, oh, and also her 11 month old son. She was alone with the baby for the weekend, and that's when she not only did heroin, but enough heroin to kill her. When she was responsible for her child. This is what we call a rough, rough situation.

It's especially rough, obviously, for Peaches' family. For instance, her older sister, Fifi Geldof, has been saying things like this on Instagram:

Don't keep calm and f--k this. F--k that. F--k you. F--k off. Sums it up nicely about how I’m feeling about the viciousness today. Maybe now she’ll be allowed to RIP.

And this, in response to someone who called Peaches "selfish":

You’ve no idea what you’re talking about quite frankly. Yet another who has bought into the bulls---. I'd appreciate you getting the f--k off my page with stuff like that on today of all days.

But here's the thing: what Peaches did was selfish. She was an addict, of course, and addiction is a disease, but being selfish means thinking of yourself above others, and that's what happened. It doesn't make this any less tragic: in fact, it makes it even sadder that, despite being with her baby -- and despite the fact that Peaches' own mother died of a heroin overdose -- she couldn't overcome this. And it isn't vicious to say all this, it's just the truth.

It's understandable that Fifi feels the need to defend the memory of her sister, but right now, that little baby all alone in a house with his dead mother for nearly 24 hours is a pretty huge part of that memory. It's natural for people to be upset by that, just like it's natural for Fifi to lash out like this. It's just a great big mess in all kinds of ways.

Let's just try to have a little compassion today, all right? Just for fun? Compassion for Peaches, for Peaches' family, and for just everyone.
Filed Under:  Peaches Geldof , Fifi Geldof

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Mike
99 days ago

FiFi (who names their daughter after a dog?) is a goddamn idiot. Her sister was a druggy piece of crap and put her childs life in danger because she had to get high. Complete and utter fuck-ups, both of them.

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Duke Steele
98 days ago

Why would I get upset about another junkies death? And being a junkie isn't a disease. Its a weak selfish mind.

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Duke Steele
98 days ago

Why would I be upset about another junkies death? And doing smack isn't a disease. Its a weak, selfish mind. So, another one bites the dust. The only one to feel bad for is the baby.

royalredus
98 days ago

Hey just popping in to let everyone know that addiction isn't a disease. MS and cerebral palsy are diseases, but addiction is not. Spread the word! Thank you.

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Ron Martinez
98 days ago

cunt!

Ab
98 days ago

Let me first say, I am not a troll who comments on pages - leaving vicious comments like the assholes above; comments that are designed to judge, hurt, and make others feel terrible. Comments that they would never have the balls to say verbally, because someone, like me, would know their teeth squarely down their throat.

I happen to be educated- and yes addiction is a disease. And those who succumb to it deserve compassion. And more importantly, families that are left behind, who have be torn apart by this disease, deserve compassion. Too many young kids are being exposed to prescription opiates today. They are naive and don't even realize that they are addictive. And they don't view them as typical street drugs because they are FDA approved, and legal when prescribed to the right person. Well, kids are doing these opiates at young ages- 13, 14 yeas old. And they are getting addicted. Then, because they can't find the drug, they progress to sniffing heroin, because it's significantly cheaper, and much easier to find. Kids today haven't been brought up like gen y or x. They haven't seen - or been educated about the dangers because it wasn't a commonly used drug like back in the 80's. So they snort it- and become quickly addicted to it. Heroin is a monster thar takes over your life. Addicts steal, lie to get it. They become a shell of what they are when they are addicted to it. They can't think straight- once addicted, they end up doing it just to feel "normal". These kids, who are of all different walks of life, are dropping like flies now - because the drug is highly addictive, being laced with other drugs, or because it's too pure. And it's a tragedy when a child or young adult dies. Have some god damn compassion for the families struggling with this! Your nasty comments are hurtful to people who are going through this pain- dealing with seeing their loved ones spiraling out of control. It IS A DISEASE you stupid fuck. Otherwise, kids- who were good, kind, loving, caring, happy, wouldn't get caught up in this shit. They give up everything, including their lives, just to do the drug. That's not someone who is selfish. It's someone who is bound by addiction and needs help and compassion. And like I said- the families need it more than anyone. It's hell.

Fucking pieces of shit leaving these comments to family members who are living in a nightmare. Their family member is dead u assholes.

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Rebecca
98 days ago

Well said Fishwrapper.

jeezlouise
98 days ago

Its NOT A DISEASE! Its drug addiction- which is selfishness. Heroine with a 11 month old at home?- thats just wrong. Seriously, your mind does control your body....

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Alice
98 days ago

Fishwrapper: this is an awful, disrespectful article. "Lets try to have a little compassion... just for fun" is a truly horrendous thing to say. Two young boys have been left without a mother. Have you never experienced a loved one dying... can you at least try to imagine the pain her family is going through?

I think it's better to have genuine respect and compassion for Peaches and her family. Peaches loved her children... and wanted to see them grow up. I feel fortunate to have never had an addiction, but I can see that no-one chooses to be an addict, and that it takes an uncontrollable grip over them.

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Dave
98 days ago

Think what you want about Peaches. Just don't troll her sister with your thoughts.

This post doesn't make it clear though: is FiFi responding to comments on her instagram or is she just posting her own (rather understandable) anger in response to comments she is reading elsewhere?

Ame
98 days ago

Trust me - from someone who knows firsthand - addiction IS a disease, and I will suffer from it for the rest of my life. It is awful, it is unbending, it is destructive and, yes, sometimes it is deadly. If not for the intervention of my doctor and my daughter, I would not be here writing this. Think what you want - unless you have walked in those shoes you have no idea what it's like. Yes, Peaches was wrong to do drugs with her kids in the house, especially since she was pre-disposed to have an addiction, but bashing her does nothing but generate hate. Have some compassion for those she left behind, and thank whatever power you believe in that this may never happen to you or someone you love.

None of your business
98 days ago

ADDICTION IS NOT A FUCKING DISEASE. I was an addict and my Mom had diabetes. How the hell do you go to a rehab to get rid of diabetes. My addiction was a choice, NOT A DISEASE. I decided to get clean. MY MOM DID NOT DECIDE TO KEEP ON WITH DIABETES. What the hell is wrong with people. Does "being a victim" mean soooo much that you have to make up diseases? As soon as you can "choose" to get rid of diabetes, cancer, lupus, leukemia, alzheimer's, etc., THEN I will consider addition as disease. Until then, SHUT THE FUCK UP about the "disease" and get over your fucking selfishness and self-pity.

moe
98 days ago

I never understood how anorexic drug addicts can get pregnant and bring a baby to full term. (A ton of celebs do this all of the time!)
I would think that a child would be totally screwed up!

moe
98 days ago

I never understood how anorexic drug addicts can get pregnant and carry a baby full term??
I would think that it would screw up a child!

Abby
98 days ago

I'm not upset about anyone dying from a heroin overdose, or any other overdose for that matter.

matt
98 days ago

Heroin addiction is not a disease! It is the result of being stupid enough to do a drug that is known to kill people. Doing drugs is one of the most stupid and selfish things anyone can do. Her selfishness and stupidity was clear when she put doing a drug in front of taking care of her 11 month old son.

Am I glad she died? No, but I honestly can not feel sorry for someone that is so stupid as do such dangerous drugs. Also, while he may not ever understand this, being away from the influence of such a person (even his mother) may be the best thing for this young child and may give him the chance to grow up and avoid the inevitable pain and anguish that being raised by a drug addict can cause.

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Keiith
98 days ago

Addiction is classified as a disease, and it is. It is a selfish disease affecting the mind, it has nothing to do with being 'weak-minded' or weak-willed'. Peaches succommed to her addiction, I'm sure she saw the signs' for awhile but probably didn't think she would OD, no one ever does, and then it's over....too bad...I feel sorry for the baby that was left alone for 24 hours' because his mother was dead in the next room. Poor kid's diaper was probably full of poop and pee, he was most likely very hungry and scared as well, just very sad, for him.

Lori
98 days ago

I don't understand, if your own mother died of heroin addiction, why you would even TRY heroin to begin with. It is one thing to have a history of an eating disorders in your family, because we all have to eat... you can't avoid that so easily. Or even alcoholism, because alcohol is socially acceptable. But WHY ON EARTH would anyone even TRY heroin? It is highly addictive... many people die from it. I just don't get it. I hope Peaches' family can find peace and that her children never feel the need to try the drug that killed their mother and grandmother.

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7kimba8
98 days ago

I TRUELY appreciate your call to compassion and understanding for ALL concerned. It Does NO good to anyone to slam her, we have NO IDEA the path she was asked to walk and so, no place to judge. In a time when it's so easy and Quick to be able to spew hurtful things her KIDS WILL read, i respect, highly, your position. I hope they find the strength to get through this Very sad event. Just Think ABOUT the kids Before you post.

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Sierra
98 days ago

Stop making excuses for Peaches' bad behavior. She CHOSE to try heroin the first time. Peaches CHOSE to become an addict. Then she CHOSE to not go to rehab. She CHOSE to be alone in the house with her baby and use heroin. Those were her CHOICES, people.

Drug addiction is not a disease, cancer is a disease.

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