Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 'died peacefully in her sleep' months after brain tumour diagnosis
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's sister has revealed her sister died "peacefully in her sleep" in her London apartment.
The socialite, who was a close friend of Prince Charles in the 1990s and often holidayed with Princes William and Harry following their mother's death, was found dead at her home on Wednesday.
According to a death notice in The Telegraph today, the late star's family said: "Tara Clare died peacefully in her sleep", adding there would be a private funeral taking place soon, but did not give a date.
Last year, she revealed she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The former "It girl" has received treatment for the non-malignant growth in her pituitary gland since January and said it has now cleared.
She told the Daily Mail: " I went to the doctors to talk about my latest blood test results when I got back from skiing in January. I said: 'What does this mean? Can you translate it?' And the doctor said: 'As I suspected, you have a brain tumour'.
"I got terribly frightened. I started thinking, 'I'm going to die, I'm going to die. I've only got a couple of weeks to live.' Stuff like that."
Palmer-Tomkinson, who has battled drug problems in the past, also said the blood tests found she was suffering with an auto-immune disease which had caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.
She was a regular on the London party scene in the 1990s and 2000s and made headlines for her social life, frequently appearing in the pages of both society and celebrity magazines.
During her years in the spotlight, she was a newspaper columnist and television personality, but also battled a high-profile cocaine addiction.
Despite being famed for her hard partying and exhibitionist streak, Palmer-Tomkinson and her family were close friends of the Royal Family and she attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
She appeared on reality TV series I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002 and finished second behind DJ Tony Blackburn.
Darren Day, who appeared alongside her in the jungle, said: "I'm so sad to hear that Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has passed away. Thoughts and love to her family RIP Tara x."
She also made appearances on other TV shows, including celebrity specials of Blind Date and A Place In The Sun.
In 2014, she said she had become a recluse after suffering a nervous breakdown and spoke about her battle with drug addiction on ITV show Jeremy Kyle: The Celebrity Specials.
She broke down in tears as she recalled the night she nearly died from an overdose during her battle with cocaine addiction.
She eventually quit drugs following a 35-day stint in an Arizona rehab clinic.