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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was in high spirits when she died of natural causes, says sister

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 15/02/2017 Chloe Chaplain

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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died peacefully at home of natural causes and was in 'high spirits' at the time of her death, her heartbroken sister said today.

Her sister, author Santa Montefiore, said today the socialite died from a perforated ulcer and not a brain tumour, which she was diagnosed with in January last year.

The body of the 45-year-old socialite was found by her cleaner at her west London home on February 6.

In a series of emotional Twitter posts, Ms Montefiore said: "I’ve been so touched by the warm response to Tara’s death.Thank you from the whole family. But I'd like to clarify a couple of points.

"Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.

"Tara’s good friends & family know that she was in high spirits in her last days. She had plans, trips & had written a moving new song.

She added that her family would be making a full statement later today.

The posts came days after her sister posted a heartbreaking message that she missed her sister three days after her death.

In an interview published shortly after her death, Tara, a close friend of Prince Charles, spoke of her “unending quest” to make her family “proud”.

She told the Daily Mail Weekend magazine “I have put them through a lot" and added that her "unfulfilled ambition" was to get back to full health.

In November, Ms Palmer-Tomkinson revealed she was being treated for a non-malignant growth in her pituitary gland and added she feared she would die after being told of her condition.

She was diagnosed with the tumour last January after she returned from a ski trip and was also suffering with an auto-immune disease.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were among the first to pay tribute following her death, saying they were "deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family".

Former Blue singer Duncan James, who was once romantically linked to Palmer-Tomkinson, also wrote a tribute in The Sun saying: "Tara had a cheeky, naughty, mischievous side that I loved.

"She would always make me smile and laugh in ways that nobody else could."

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