Peaches Geldof death: Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw 'It has made me re-evaluate my life and what I am doing with it'

The Radio 1 DJ speaks for the first time about how his life has changed following the death of his friend from a heroin overdose

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Nick Grimshaw has spoken about the effect the tragic death of his friend, Peaches Geldof, has had on his life for the first time.

The socialite was found dead in her home in Wrotham, Kent on 7 April. It was initially treated by police as “sudden” and “unexplained”, but a preliminary inquest into her cause of death ruled heroin to be a likely cause

“It has made me re-evaluate my life and what I am doing with it,” the Radio 1 DJ told The Mirror.

 “I have had a healthier lifestyle for quite a while now. I eat better food and drink less and I am trying to be fitter – and part of that is because I need to get up early and function.

“I’m on air for hours every morning – I have to have something to talk about, that’s why I go out.

“I can’t just go on about the colour of my socks or whatever. It’s my job to go to parties.”


Grimshaw and Geldof were last pictured together leaving a BRIT Awards afterparty in February at 5am.

The presenter was due to appear at Coachella in California at the time of her death, but cancelled his trip and booked a return flight home when he first learned of her tragic passing.

He was among the mourners at her funeral, which was held at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Kent – the same venue she married her husband Thomas Cohen in 2012, and the same place as her mother Paula Yates’ funeral was held in 2000.

His comments follow claims made by Courtney Love earlier this week that she had “tried to help” Geldof with her drug addiction by attempting to set an example.

“You just can't believe it happened, it's so f***ing tragic,” she told Grazia. “This girl was vivacious, so full of life and it was weird and horrible that she has passed away.

“I read heroin was involved and I was not shocked. I know how Peaches liked opiates.”