Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson Found Dead At 45:
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the socialite and self-confessed IT girl of her generation, had not been seen for nearly a week before she was found dead in her home at the age of 45.
Neighbours and local shopkeepers said they had not seen her in the week before her death.
Palmer-Tomkinson, who lived alone in West London, was pronounced dead in her own home, three months after she disclosed she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
An ambulance had been called to the address on Wednesday at 1.40pm, before police were alerted.
Friends have said they feared for her in recent weeks after she appeared frail and out of contact, police confirmed they are treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious.
She had previously spoken honestly and frankly about her former addiction to drugs, rehabilitation, loneliness and anxiety.
In recent interviews, she had spoken of her distress at speculation she had fallen off the wagon, revealing her frail appearance was down to the extended period of ill health.
In November, she told a newspaper she had been “terribly frightened” after being diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour which had affected the production of hormone prolactin, leaving her exhausted.
She believed it under control with medication, saying then: “I actually feel very lucky.”
Dr David Jenkinson, the Chief Scientific Officer with The Brain Tumour Charity, said a benign pituitary tumour, if diagnosed and treated could be successfully contained and would not necessarily prove fatal.
Understood to have lived alone, Palmer-Tomkinson had previously spoken of her flat as a sanctuary from which she took two conference calls a day and had kept a pet squirrel.
Once photographed at every society event in an array of eye-catching outfits, she became a tabloid darling who used her own newspaper column to share secrets of her glamorous life.
She visited rehab in 1999 for cocaine addiction and suffered the collapse of her septum, admitting she had once overdosed before entering recovery.
In 2014, she was cautioned by police at Heathrow airport after a disturbance after being seen sobbing, swearing and tearing out her hair in an episode she explained as a panic attack.
In the same year, she dropped out of Channel 4 show The Jump, saying she had become a “recluse” after suffering a breakdown.
In 2016, she told an interviewer her party lifestyle had come at a health cost, and that she now hoped to build a more “conventional” life.
She was often photographed with members of the Royal family, enjoying skiing holidays together, and attending at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were close family friends of the socialite, paid tribute, saying they are “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family”.
She is survived by her parents, Charles and Patricia, brother James and sister Santa.
Palmer-Tomkinson’s body was removed from her home on a trolley into a private ambulance on Wednesday evening and driven away.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “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 40s, 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.”