Tributes from Royalty and showbiz stars have been paid to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, after her body was discovered in her Earl’s Court flat on Wednesday (February 8).
Close family friend Prince Charles and television personality Piers Morgan were among those who expressed their shock and sadness at the unexpected death of the 45-year-old.
The socialite and former It girl was found at her home in Bramham Gardens at around 1.40pm by paramedics.
In November she revealed that she had been receiving treatment following the discovery of a brain tumour in January 2016.
Police, who were called to the address by London Ambulance Service, said the death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious.
The Prince of Wales said he was “deeply saddened” by the death of his goddaughter.
In a joint statement issued by Clarence House, Charles and the Duchess of Cambridge added: “Our thoughts are so much with the family.”
Celebrities have also been paying homage. Duncan James, star of boy band Blue and television soap Hollyoaks, said he was “heartbroken and numb”.
The pair were frequently pictured enjoying nights out and dinner dates, and were said to have dated between 2008 and 2009.
He tweeted: “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”.
The pop star changed his Twitter profile picture to a snap of them together after news of her death broke.
Good Morning Britain host Morgan tweeted: “A fun, feisty woman who battled many demons. Very sad news.”
Darren Day, who appeared in the first series of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here with Tara in 2002, said: “I’m so sad to hear that Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has passed away. Thoughts and love to her family RIP Tara x.”
The show’s host, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly also said: “Very sad to hear of the passing on TP-T. She was a one off with a huge, generous heart.
"Our thoughts are with her family.”
She had shot to fame in the 1990s for her hard-partying and wild ways and led a colourful life full of highs and lows - from being treated for an addiction to cocaine in the late-90s to her ongoing relationship with the Royal family.
Revealing the brain tumour diagnosis, she said in November that the illness had given her a different outlook on life.
She said at the time: “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.
“It used to really matter what people thought and said about me. Now, it doesn’t bother me whether people write that I’m off my face, on my face, in my face, whatever. It’s all pretty trivial compared to [this].”
“I’ve carried this secret for a year. I wanted to deal with my illness privately but there have been so many rumours flying around.”
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