Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 'died of natural causes', says sister Santa Montefiore

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died of natural causes, according to a series of tweets from her sister, Santa Montefiore.

The brunette beauty had told the world a year ago that she was convinced she had just "weeks to live" after she was told she had a brain tumour and was suffering from a rare auto-immune condition which saw abnormal antibodies attack the cells and tissues.

'Contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales'.

She wrote: "Tara was brilliantly bonkers which is why she was so widely adored". She had plans, trips & had written a moving new song.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (left) was a friend of the royal family and is seen here attending the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2011.

Writing in this week's Grazia magazine, of which she's assistant editor, Emily said: "After the call she sent her final text to me: 'Hey Crystals [Tara's nickname for Emily], if I do suddenly go. u make sure you keep hanging out in graveyards. otherwise I will come back and spook u!"

Her private funeral will take place on the 27th February.

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She accompanied one of the tweets with a lovely photo of Tara looking her usual, vivacious self.

'We will miss Tara very much and will never forget the joy, love and humour she bought to our lives'.

"Having become her friend, I can say she was all the things you'd imagine her to be - charming, feisty, fragile, smart, side-splittingly amusing - but overall the TPT I knew was remarkably kind".

After finding out about the growth in her pituitary gland, Ms Palmer-Tomkinson later spoke about also suffering with an auto-immune disease that caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.

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Prince Charles, a close friend of the star's family, has said he is "deeply saddened" by the news.

  • Carlos Nash