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2014-04-08T00:00:00Z 2014-04-08T14:23:25Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
April 08, 2014 12:00 am

Lubeznik to host Ronny Cox

Musician/actor/songwriter Ronny Cox will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City. Cox is known for his role as the guitar player on the song "Dueling Banjos" in the film "Deliverance" and starred in the television series "Apple's Way," among other projects. The show is presented in partnership with Purdue University North Central Department of English and Modern Languages. Call (219) 874-4900 for tickets or visit lubeznikcenter.org. The cost is $15 for LCA members and $20 for nonmembers. - Eloise Marie Valadez

Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25

Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof who filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics as she partied through the world of fashion and celebrity, was found dead Monday at age 25. There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England but police called it "unexplained and sudden."

Peaches Geldof had admitted using drugs in the past but said in a 2009 interview that she had quit. The news of her death came as a shock to Britain's entertainment and fashion circles, where Geldof had been active as a model, television presenter and fashion writer.

Geldof was only a girl of 11 when her mother Paula Yates, a popular television presenter, died of a drug overdose in 2000, and those who knew her said it hit her extremely hard.

The last tweet she sent on Twitter came on Sunday, when she posted a photograph of herself as a toddler next to her mother along with the caption: "Me and my mum."

Her father issued an anguished statement Monday from the family about her death.

"Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," he wrote. "Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever."

The statement was signed by Bob, Jeanne (his partner), Peaches' sisters Fifi and Pixie and her half-sister Tiger Geldof.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper in 2009, Geldof acknowledged that she used drugs as a teenager but said she had stopped.

"'Yeah, I've taken drugs. Yes, I have had experiences, and a few of those experiences were unsavory, not ones I want to repeat, but I was growing up. I wanted the experience," she told the paper.

"I wasn't hugely into drugs and I'm sober now," she added. "I'm not Amy Winehouse. I never have been. I wasn't a crackhead."

Geldof was married twice. She leaves behind her second husband, Tom Cohen, lead singer of the defunct London punk band S.C.U.M, and two sons, 23-month-old Astala and 11-month-old Phaedra.

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