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Socialite and TV personality Tara Palmer-Tomkinson dies aged 45

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Chris Radburn/PA Wire)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

TARA PALMER-TOMKINSON has died aged 45.

The star, who recently battled a brain tumour, was found dead at her London home earlier today.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 1.40pm on Wednesday, 8 February to an address in Bramham Gardens, SW5.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Ian West/PA Wire)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Ian West/PA Wire)

“A woman, aged in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.

“The death is being treated as unexplained. At this early stage, police are not treating the death as suspicious.

“Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing. The Coroner has been informed.”

Palmer-Tomkinson was the god-daughter of Prince Charles and had revealed in November that she was being treated for anon-malignant growth in her pituitary gland

At the time, she expressed fears that she would die after being told of her condition by doctors.

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.”

Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Prince Charles during a reception at Clarence House, 2003 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)
Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Prince Charles during a reception at Clarence House, 2003 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)

At the time, Palmer-Tomkinson, who has battled drug problems in the past, also revealed that was suffering with an auto-immune disease which had caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.

She appeared on reality TV series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002 and came second, as well as several other TV shows including celebrity specials of Blind Date and A Place In The Sun.

Palmer-Tomkinson was diagnosed with the tumour last January after she returned from a ski trip.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Katie Collins/PA Wire)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Katie Collins/PA Wire)

She was a regular on the London party scene in the 1990s 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 and had a close relationship with the royal family, attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have said they are “deeply saddened” following her death.