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Wednesday, 20 September, 2000, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
New tests over Yates death
Paula Yates
Paula Yates' body was discovered on Sunday
An inquest into the death of Paula Yates has been adjourned until 8 November.

The television presenter was found dead at her home in Notting Hill, west London, on Sunday.

The hearing, at Westminster Coroner's Court, in London, was opened on Wednesday and lasted just a few minutes.

Coroner Dr Paul Knapman said further tests were taking place following a post mortem examination on Monday and adjourned the proceedings.

Belinda Brewin
Belinda Brewin attended the inquest
During the hearing, coroner's officer Sandra Meisener said that Miss Yates was 41, born in north Wales, and lived at St Luke's Mews, in Notting Hill.

The hearing was attended by Ms Yates' close friend Belinda Brewin, 38, and her solicitor Anthony Burton.

Outside the court Mr Burton appealed for her family to be left in peace.

Several newspapers have speculated that Ms Yates may have overdosed on drugs.

Reports said a jar of prescription pills, a vodka bottle and a quantity of heroin were beside her bed, but no suicide note.

Yates shot to fame in the 1980s as co-presenter of Channel 4 music show The Tube.

Custody battle

She had four children - Fifi Trixibelle, 17, Peaches, 11, and Pixie, 10, by Bob Geldof and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily by Michael Hutchence.

She had been suffering from bouts of depression since Australian rock star Hutchence was found hanged by a belt in his hotel room in Sydney in November 1997.

Ms Yates refused to accept the coroner's conclusion that he had committed suicide.

Following her death, Tiger Lily was made a ward of court and is being cared for by Sir Bob, who already had custody of his three children.

On Tuesday it emerged that Tina Hutchence, sister of the former INXS frontman, and her mother, Patricia Glassop, had contacted London-based lawyers about trying to gain custody of Tiger Lily.

Details of Ms Yates' funeral have not yet been announced.

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