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British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson found dead, aged 45

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LONDON (AP) — Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, former London party girl and a god-daughter of Prince Charles, was found dead at her London home on Wednesday. She was 45.

The prince said in a statement that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were "deeply saddened" by news of her death. FILE- In this Saturday, June 22, 2013 file photo, Tara Palmer Tomkinson, Prince Charles' goddaughter, leaves after attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland's daughter Lady Melissa Percy to chartered surveyor Thomas van Straubenzee at St Michael's Church in Alnwick, England. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Saturday, June 22, 2013 file photo, Tara Palmer Tomkinson, Prince Charles' goddaughter, leaves after attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland's daughter Lady Melissa Percy to chartered surveyor Thomas van Straubenzee at St Michael's Church in Alnwick, England. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

"Our thoughts are so much with the family," he said.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, though Palmer-Tompkinson revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. FILE - A Saturday, April 9, 2005 file photo of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, left, and her family arriving at Britain's Prince Charles, her godfather, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's service of Prayer and Dedication at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Jane Mingay, Pool, File ) © The Associated Press FILE - A Saturday, April 9, 2005 file photo of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, left, and her family arriving at Britain's Prince Charles, her godfather, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's service of Prayer and Dedication at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Jane Mingay, Pool, File )

Palmer-Tomkinson was a fixture on the international social stage throughout the 1990s. She was regularly photographed partying with the rich and famous, and helped fuel her reputation as a wild child with regular media appearances.

She appeared on television shows including the first series of the reality knock-out show "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" in 2002, in which she came in second. FILE - A Monday, April 23, 2012 file photo of British socialite and goddaughter of Britain's Prince Charles, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arriving for the European Premiere of 'The Lucky One' at the Bluebird restaurant in London. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) © The Associated Press FILE - A Monday, April 23, 2012 file photo of British socialite and goddaughter of Britain's Prince Charles, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arriving for the European Premiere of 'The Lucky One' at the Bluebird restaurant in London. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Known by Britain's tabloids as "T-P-T," her entertaining life contained as many lows, including public meltdowns, as it did highs.

She had a highly publicized, and reportedly very expensive, cocaine habit that led to the collapse of her nasal septum, which had to be surgically repaired.

In revealing her brain tumor late last year, she said she had been diagnosed in January after being treated for a benign growth on her pituitary gland. FILE - A Jan. 1, 1997 file photo of Britain's Prince Charles, 2nd right, with his younger son Prince Harry, right, joined in a ski lift by Santa Sebag Montefiore, with her sister, and Prince Charles' goddaughter, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, on the way up the Gotschnabahn ski runs above Klosters, Switzerland. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (John Stillwell/PA via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - A Jan. 1, 1997 file photo of Britain's Prince Charles, 2nd right, with his younger son Prince Harry, right, joined in a ski lift by Santa Sebag Montefiore, with her sister, and Prince Charles' goddaughter, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, on the way up the Gotschnabahn ski runs above Klosters, Switzerland. Palmer-Tomkinson,has been found dead in her London home. She was 45. Prince Charles said in a statement Wednesday, Feb.8, 2017, that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “deeply saddened” by news of her death. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though she revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (John Stillwell/PA via AP, File)

She told British media: "I'm not the person I was, I'm much calmer. I don't go to places like Ibiza because the party world scares me."

Her parents, Charles and Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson, are said to be close friends of Prince Charles and other members of the royal family. She is descended from land-owners and Olympic skiers — her grandfather, uncle and father all competed at multiple Olympic Games.

She attended the wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cornwall wearing a kingfisher blue ensemble that included a hat commentators said was designed to deflect attention from her damaged nose. In Memoriam 2017: Stars We've Lost This Year

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