After the inquest into her death by heroin overdose in September 2000, Paula Yates' solicitor Anthony Burton read a statement on behalf of her friends.
"An inquest tells you how someone died, not how they lived. It gives no clue to the fullness and joy of Paula's life.
"Her friends will always remember her as loving, affectionate and witty,” it read.
In the 19 years since her death, those friends must have despaired that her end, despite all their protestations, has nevertheless come to overshadow her memory in the nation's consciousness.
It's true, of course, the 41-year-old's "foolish and incautious" binge, as the coroner described it, the mindless way in which she died, shouldn't define her short life.
The TV presenter and mum-of-four, regularly described as intelligent and fun by those who knew her, and who was groundbreaking as co-presenter to Jools Holland on iconic music show The Tube, was far from merely a tragic figure.
She was a headline-making celeb who ultimately overcome a drug problem only to then, as an “unsophisticated taker of heroin”, snort enough in a moment of madness to accidentally end her life.
But inarguably, that devastating mistake has, inevitably, impacted those she left behind.
How could it not lay the foundations for further struggles for her four daughters?
The youngest, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, her child with INXS singer Michael Hutchence – who had three years earlier committed suicide in a Sydney hotel room – was even found alone with her body in their Notting Hill home. She was just four at the time.
Paula Yates was far more than her death – but her death has undeniably shaped her legacy.
Born in Wales to showbiz parents, the presenter started her career as a music journalist before making her TV name on The Tube and later, The Big Breakfast.
She met singer Bob Geldof in the early days of his band The Boomtown Rats, and they got together in 1976, and had three daughters, Fifi Trixibelle, 36, Peaches six years later, and Pixie a year after that.
But the happy family was destined to divide. During those years, Paula met Australian rocker Michael Hutchence, and fell for the singer completely.
In 1995 she left Bob to a fanfare of headlines, and Tiger Lily, Michael's daughter, was born the following year.
The new family was not to enjoy a future, however. The following year, in November 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room.
Paula always fought to accept the coroner's ruling of suicide and descended into depression, eventually seeking psychiatric help.
It was then Bob won custody of their daughters.
The irony was, of course, Paula was getting her life back on track before she died.
Friends reported she was clear of drugs, and she moved to Hastings for a spell with Tiger to get a break from London life, which helped her keep clean.
It was when she moved back that she appeared to relapse.
Her close friend Belinda Brewin, who visited her on the evening before her death, described to the coroner’s court Paula's state that night.
"She was slightly staggering, her eyelids were drooping, she was slightly incoherent. I could tell that she had been taking drugs,” she recalled.
"I said, 'What the hell are you doing this for after all this time?' She hadn't taken drugs, illegal drugs, for nearly two years. She said it was the pressure of being back in London."
It was her best friend Jo Fairley who found her the next morning, visiting the house when Paula didn't answer her phone. Heartbreakingly, little Tiger Lily let her in.
"I rushed upstairs to tell Paula to wake up and took one look at her and knew she was dead," she said.
"She was naked, half-out of the bed. I touched her and she was very cold."
Afterwards, Bob adopted Tiger, and brought her up with her half-sisters.
It was clear he adored his girls, and the brood was tight-knit.
But understandably, they had suffered unimaginably from their mother's death.
Its impact was bound to have an effect. But no one guessed just how tragic that would be.
In 2014, Peaches own death was to echo, with haunting similarity, Paula's own.
As a teen, it was Peaches who had seemed most affected by Paula's legacy.
Sharing so much of her mother's spirit, she forged a career in the media young – and then a fraught spot in the showbiz limelight.
She partied hard and lived life fast.
At 19, it emerged she had been questioned – but not charged – by police after she was filmed exchanging money with a drug dealer in an East London flat in 2008.
After splitting up with boyfriend Faris Badwin of band The Horrors that summer, she met musician Max Drummey, and married him in a Las Vegas ceremony 10 days later. Then split.
He later claimed it had been a publicity stunt.
She'd been 11 when her mum died.
"I remember the day my mother died, and it's still hard to talk about it," she told Elle magazine in 2011.
"I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day because my father's mentality was 'keep calm and carry on'.
"So we all went to school and tried to act as if nothing had happened. But it had happened. I didn't grieve.
"I didn't cry at her funeral. I couldn't express anything because I was just numb to it all. I didn't start grieving for my mother properly until I was maybe 16."
But meeting musician Thomas Cohen seemed to help her turn her life around.
They married in 2012, at the same Kent church as her mother’s funeral was held.
Her own would later be held there, too.
The pair had two sons, Phaedra and Astala.
She said: "I was rootless and having the kids really anchored me in place and changed my life for the better.
"It meant I had to take care of someone properly, which I wasn’t doing for myself.”
So the news Peaches had died of an overdose in April 2014, found by her husband slumped ‘on the edge of her bed’ at their home in Kent, was a devastating shock.
She had been looking after their 11-month-old son, Phaedra, and he, as Tiger had been with Paula, was alone in the house when she died.
Peaches was found to have levels of heroin in her bloodstream that were 'likely' to have led to her sudden death, an inquest heard.
The news was haunting.
Paula's remaining daughters today appear tighter than ever in the wake of this second wave of tragedy.
This summer, Fifi and Pixie were pictured celebrating with Tiger Lily at her graduation ceremony at Goldsmiths University in London.
Tiger Lily, 23, the image of Hutchence, has always kept a low profile.
It seemed, like Fifi and Pixie, she had pulled through the tragedy of her mother's death – and the double whammy of her father's suicide, too – with her feet remaining firmly on the ground.
But recently concerns have been voiced about her, too.
A documentary about her father, Mystify: Michael Hutchence, had its world premiere earlier this year.
Filmmaker Richard Lowenstein later told Who magazine that when he met Tiger to discuss it, she was living in a London flat "like a little squat".
Allegedly, she inherited very little from her father's estate – just ￡500 according to reports - and felt 'ignored' by her late dad, Lowenstein claimed.
Few have suffered more than Tiger, who has lost her father, mother and elder sister in such distressing circumstances.
It must be hoped the legacy of that tragedy will not affect her life beyond repair.