Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has been found dead aged 45.
The star, who rose to fame in the 1990’s as a hard-partying “It girl”, received treatment in 2016 for a non-malignant brain tumour.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said in a statement:
“Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 13:40hrs on Wednesday February 8 to an address in Bramham Gardens, SW5. A woman, aged in her 40’s, was pronounced dead at the scene. At this early stage, the death is being treated as unexplained. We are not treating this death as suspicious. The coroner has been informed and the next of kin has been informed.”
Palmer-Tomkinson, a former Sunday Times columnist and reality TV star, was a regular on the London party scene in the 1990’s and 2000’s.
She made headlines for her hectic, often rather extravagant social life, frequently appearing in the pages of society and celebrity magazines, before later appearing on reality TV.
The tabloid darling also battled a high-profile cocaine addiction, which she discussed publicly on a number of occasions.
She was diagnosed with a tumour last January after returning from a skiing trip and was also suffering from an auto immune disease that caused acute anaemia, tiredness and joint pain.
She had voiced fears that she might die, but hit back at critics who blamed her frail health on her well-documented troubles.
Speaking in 2016, she said:
“That’s always their [press] take on it… cocaine. That was so many years ago. But not many people can contemplate Tara’s life without it”.
As well as being a socialite, Palmer-Tomkinson was also the god-daughter of Prince Charles and attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. In a brief statement, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall said their “thoughts are so much with the family.”
Majesty magazine editor and royal historian Ingrid Seward told BBC News:
“She did have it all, and perhaps that was part of her problem. She was a good-looking girl, she had a fabulous family, she was a brilliant skier, rider, and she was very artistic. She sang beautifully. I just think there was just too much, and life gave her too many choices, and she just didn’t make the right ones. But she was a very generous, sweet person, I mean she really was a charming, charming girl.”
Later in her career Palmer-Tomkinson appeared on reality TV series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002. She had previously appeared on several other TV shows – including an interview with Frank Skinner which was followed by a spell in rehab.
Away from her party-persona, she went on to use her celebrity status to raise the profile of brain tumours, by speaking publicly about her ill-health.
Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said:
“Three months ago, Tara was brave enough to speak out about her brain tumour diagnosis and the impact it had on her life. Her honesty helped to raise awareness of the disease and it was welcomed by the many thousands of people in the UK and around the world who cope with the impact of a brain tumour. Tara helped to show why we must do all we can to defeat this devastating disease, which is the biggest cancer killer of children and young people in the UK.”
News of Tara’s death saw tributes pour in from celebrity friends and fans and you can read a couple of them below.
— Andrea Catherwood (@acatherwoodnews) February 8, 2017
Tara Palmer Tompkinson, will never forget her kindness at my first 'posh' do. She was so gracious & made me feel so welcome. RIP sweet lady.
— Colin Salmon (@colinsalmon24) February 8, 2017
RIP Tara Palmer Tomkinson, 45.
A fun, feisty woman who battled many demons. Very sad news. pic.twitter.com/IxwOLfUyFW
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 8, 2017
Omg I'm in shock !! Rip https://t.co/lGPHwkoU0g
— kat weir (@Katweir1984) February 8, 2017
I am deeply shocked & saddened to hear Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has died. I was lucky enough to have met her and know her family. A lovely Lady pic.twitter.com/nVySlsTkPM
— The Royal Butler (@TheRoyalButler) February 8, 2017
I'm so sad to hear that Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has passed away. Thoughts and love to her family RIP Tara x
— Darren Day (@DarrenDOfficial) February 8, 2017
Gutted to hear that Tara Palmer-Tomkinson had Died, I spent time with Tara when She came to stay at Tyringham Hall, Rest In Peace Tara 🙏🏻💐 pic.twitter.com/3xOBCWpZXR
— @Stewpot (@Stewpot) February 8, 2017
Very sad news about Tara Palmer -Tomkinson. She was such a sweet person and Taken too soon. R.I.P.
— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) February 8, 2017
Bloody hell. That's a real shock about Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. So sad.
— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) February 8, 2017
Sorry we have lost Tara. R.I.P. She was a sweet complicated soul! https://t.co/S0fx5IAPD1
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) February 8, 2017
Sad news about Tara Palmer Tomkinson…only 45 years old….make the most of life as it is so precious and we forget that sometimes….
— Steve (@justamazing50) February 8, 2017
Heartbroken and numb I have lost one of my oldest and dearest friends. I'm going to miss ur laughter the most shmooey . Rip sweetheart 💔
— Duncan James (@MrDuncanJames) February 8, 2017
utterly tragic .RIP. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
IMHO She was crazy & mad as a box of frogs but that why your feared her but loved her RIP TPT pic.twitter.com/UYxZs1p4Ea
— Cocky Barrell (@IFOOKEVERYTHING) February 8, 2017
So very sad to hear of the passing of TP-T. She was a true one off with a huge, generous heart. Our thoughts are with her family #RIPTPT
— antanddec (@antanddec) February 8, 2017
Shocking news about Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. RIP.
— Daniel Parker (@Danbo12) February 8, 2017
What a sad day. RIP TPT. I will never forget how warm and loving you were every time I saw you. Such a beautiful soul. Sad sad news..
— Alexandra Burke (@alexandramusic) February 8, 2017
I'm in so much shock that Tara has passed away. So young. So tragic. My prayers and thoughts are with her and the family at this sad time.❤️
— Alexandra Burke (@alexandramusic) February 8, 2017
So sad to hear of TPT passing away. So young…
— Gok Wan (@therealgokwan) February 8, 2017
RIP TPT very sad news. You were a real character and will be sadly missed xx
— Brian Mcfadden (@BrianMcFadden) February 8, 2017