Reality star Tara Palmer-Tomkinson found dead, aged 45


Prince Charles' goddaughter British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was found dead at age 45 on Wednesday, February 8.

Her parents, Charles and Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson, are said to be close friends of Prince Charles and other members of the royal family. Get Me Out Of Here, recently revealed she was battling a brain tumour.

Police confirmed they were called by the London Ambulance Service at around 1.40pm today to an address in Bramham Gardens, London. Next of kin have been informed.

The 44-year-old recalled how she nearly died through her addiction.

As she approached 30, and at the end of her socialite streak, she admitted she envied the more structured lives of her sister Santa Montefiore, a renowned author, and her brother James. She was a former Sunday Times columnist and a reality TV star, who appeared on the 2002 reality TV series, I'm A Celebrity...

A regular fixture in tabloid newspaper and gossip magazines, Palmer-Tomkinson was treated for an addiction to cocaine in the late-90s whilst her relationship with the royal family was also the subject of speculation.

In a tribute, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall said their "thoughts are so much with the family".

"I said, "What does it mean?"

Tara, who also publicly battled with a cocaine addiction in the 90s, kept her diagnosis a secret for nearly a year.

As news of her death broke, social media erupted with messages of sympathy and sadness as the 45-year-old's celebrity friends took to social media to express their shock at her passing and to pay their respects.

In 2014 she quit the reality show The Jump before it even started and said she had become a recluse after suffering a nervous breakdown.

Of her tumour, Palmer-Tomkinson told the Daily Mail in November: "I got terribly frightened". Get Me Out Of Here! has died, it's been reported.

The show's victor Tony Blackburn Tweeted: 'Very sad news about Tara Palmer -Tomkinson. We are treating the death as unexplained.

The daughter of a wealthy landowner and a former model, Palmer-Tomkinson came to attention in the mid-1990s as the highest profile of a clutch of so-called "It girls" who were famous for upper class partying and little else. But she had spoken of struggling with anxiety in recent years which had seen her turn into a "recluse".

After winning the show, she went on to release a single in 2012 entitled 5 seconds.



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