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Pat McMahon

Updated Jul 28, 2014 - 7:10 am


Peaches Geldof died April 7 in London.

Why should you care?

Because a British coroner officially ruled week it was a heroin overdose.

So why should you care?

Because she was the young daughter of Live Aid organizer and Boomtown Rats musician Bob Geldorf? Not really ...

Because she had two little boys, ages 1 and 2? That would be a couple of reasons to care.

Because she was 25? Tragically, a lot of young women die.

But why Peaches? Because she simply didn't have the strength it would take for her to discard her needles and never shoot heroin again. What power the stuff must have.

Users know it's a devastatingly powerful toxic substance of unpredictable levels of intensity. And yet, a well-educated, privileged young mother lapsed after two years of methadone alternative sobriety, overdosing on a high level of heroin while alone in her home with her baby son.

She was more aware than most how easily that can happen.

When Peaches was 11, her mother died from a heroin overdose. So why should you care?

Just care long enough to tell your kids about Peaches.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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