As if losing a child isn’t hard enough, rock legend Bob Geldof holds himself responsible for the death of his 25-year-old daughter Peaches, who died earlier this year from a heroin overdose.
“You blame yourself. You’re the father who’s responsible and clearly failed,” he said during a heartbreaking interview on Wednesday night.
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“Anybody watching that has a dead kid and you’re a parent, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go over, you go over, over. What could you have done? You do as much as you can.”
He went on to say that he knew she was seeking treatment for heroin addiction, but in the end, he couldn’t help his daughter, who he called “damaged” as a result of her mother Paula Yates’ death in 2000, also of a heroin overdose.
“She was super bright. Too bright,” he gushed of his daughter, who left behind two young sons.
“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.”
Now, the 63-year-old is healing — and has turned to his passion, music, to aid the process.
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“I put on my snakeskin suit and I can be this other thing. It is utterly cathartic those two hours. I am drained and it’s a very brief respite,” he told ITV News.
“It’s just so happened that this was available to me when the immensity, the enormity of losing my kid happened.”