Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 'died peacefully in her sleep' months after brain tumour diagnosis

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition on June 4, 2008 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition on June 4, 2008 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the after party following the charity gala screening of "The Devil Wears Prada" at Sketch on September 21, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the Service of Prayer of Dedication following the marriage of TRH Prince Charles and The Duchess Of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles at The Guildhall, at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer Tompkinson walks down the runway at the Tristan Webber fashion show as part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2005 at the BFC Tent, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road on September 23, 2004 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the Winter Wonderland VIP opening at Hyde Park on November 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the opening night launch party for Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park on November 17, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
ara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
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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.

ara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
ara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.

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.

Tara Palmer Tompkinson walks down the runway at the Tristan Webber fashion show as part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2005 at the BFC Tent, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road on September 23, 2004 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer Tompkinson walks down the runway at the Tristan Webber fashion show as part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2005 at the BFC Tent, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road on September 23, 2004 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the after party following the charity gala screening of
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the after party following the charity gala screening of "The Devil Wears Prada" at Sketch on September 21, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

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.

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