Former 'It Girl' Tara Palmer-Tomkinson found dead

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has been found dead aged 45.

The star, who rose to fame in the 1990s as a hard-partying “It Girl”, had received treatment in 2016 for a non-malignant brain tumour.

A woman in her 40s was found dead at Palmer-Tomkinson’s flat in Bramham Gardens, South Kensington, at 13:40 GMT, the Met Police said.

Prince Charles, a close friend of the star’s family, led tributes and said he was “deeply saddened” by her death.

Palmer-Tomkinson, a former Sunday Times columnist and reality TV star, was a regular on the London party scene in the 1990s and 2000s.

She made headlines for her 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 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 she was also a close friend of Prince Charles, and attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall said they were “deeply saddened”, by her death.

Former Daily Mirror editor and US TV host Piers Morgan paid tribute in a tweet that read: “RIP Tara Palmer Tomkinson, 45. A fun, feisty woman who battled many demons. Very sad news.”

Later in her career she appeared on reality TV series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002, as well as several other TV shows.

Her father Charles was a former Olympic skier who taught Prince Charles.

The family was skiing with the Prince in the Alps in 1988 when they were hit by an avalanche that killed one member of their party, Major Hugh Lindsay, and left Palmer Tomkinson’s mother Patti with serious leg injuries.

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