Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died not of a brain tumour but of a perforated stomach ulcer and peritonitis, a coroner decreed. The news was shared by Tara’s sister, Santa Montefiore, in a series of tweets, which also describe how Tara was in high spirits in the days before she died.
Further information followed in a statement released by the socialite’s family, which described the “great comfort” they feel “knowing how loved she was by so many people”. They were also keen to set the record straight, after some suggestions that Tara’s past struggle with cocaine addiction had played a part in her death. “Those who knew and were close to Tara knew that there was no retreat to a ‘dark place’ as some have disappointingly sought to suggest. In the last few weeks Tara was happy, positive and making plans for when she recovered her health.”
Their official statement concluded by saying that they “will miss Tara very much, and will never forget the joy, love and humour she brought to our lives.”
Since the statement was released, friends of the star have spoken out about her cause of death , confirming that they were aware that she didn’t have a brain tumour. One unnamed friend added that “She lived in a fantasy world. She believed she might have been suffering
from a brain tumour after feeling fatigued and going for blood tests
but the truth is there was never a tumour.”
was possibly an extreme cry for help, as she had been feeling very low.
She had a very vivid imagination and often blurred the line between
reality and fiction but her friends knew to sometimes take what she said
with a pinch of salt.”
Tara, revealed in an interview last year that she was scared of dying, after discovering she had a growth in her pituitary gland.
Tributes to the socialite have flooded in over the last few days following the sudden death of the former ‘It’ girl, aged just 45. And one of the overarching themes of these memories has been of Tara’s sheer generosity and warmth.
This Morning host Holly Willoughby shared a story of her first meeting with Tara… which resulted in her being given an unexpected gift.
While they were talking, Tara was gesticulating with her hands, mesmerising Holly with a stunningly sparklng diamond ring. ‘I watched it like a magpie,’ remembers Holly, who commented on it’s beauty to Tara. ‘She went, “oh this is a bit of tut from Chanel” and she
dropped it in my champagne glass and went ‘it’s yours’.
‘I said “No I can’t take it”, but she said, “If you don’t take it, I’m going to throw it across the restaurant”! She was incredibly kind. She was very
generous with her time but her spirit also.”
And Holly is not the only person suprised by gifts from the fun-loving It-girl. Birds of a Feather actress, Linda Robson had a similar tale to tell on Loose Women this week. She and Tara had both competed on Celebrity Fame Academy in 2007.
One day in rehearsals ‘she said to me, “Your skin’s a bit dry”, and then came back with all these creams. She was so generous,’ said Linda.
The former presenter, who appeared in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002 revealed last year that she had been diagnosed in January 2016 with a non-malignant brain tumour. Police were called to her home in South Kensington in the afternoon of 8th February, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
As well as making plenty of celebrity friends on the social circuit, Tara had been a close friend of the royal family for years. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall released a statement expressing their sadness over her death on Wednesday, saying: “We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family.”
Tara was regularly spotted out with the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, and her parents Charles Palmer-Tomkinson and wife Patricia had been friends with Prince Charles since the 70s. The socialite has even been on holiday with the royal family, seen skiing with Prince Charles.
Tara had spoken to the Mail about her brain tumour, revealing the moment she found out about her diagnosis, “‘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’.”
She rose to fame in the UK in the 90’s, famed as a party girl. She was regularly pictured out at clubs and bars in London, and her fame continued to grow as she struck up regular columns in magazines and newspapers such as The Mail on Sunday, GQ, Tatler and The Sunday Times.
The family also announced that Tara’s funeral will take place on 27th February – and will be a private moment for family and friends to grieve.