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Sister reveals ‘happy’ Tara died from natural causes

SOCIALITE Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died from a burst ulcer, her family revealed yesterday.

The body of the former ‘It girl’, 45, was discovered in her west London flat last Wednesday.

A family statement and tweets by her sister Santa Montefiore confirmed the cause of death was a perforated ulcer and peritonitis — an inflammation of the tissue lining the abdomen.

Her sister wrote: ‘I’ve been so touched by the warm response to Tara’s death. Thank you from the whole family. But I’d like to clarify a couple of points. The coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes — a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.’

Last year Ms Palmer-Tomkinson revealed her fear of dying after being diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour. She later spoke about also suffering from an auto-immune disease that caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.

Her family said: ‘Those close to Tara knew that there was no retreat to a “dark place” as some have disappointingly sought to suggest.

‘In the last few weeks Tara was happy, positive and making plans for when she recovered her health.’

Mrs Montefiore tweeted that her sister had been in ‘high spirits. She had plans, trips & had written a moving new song’. She added that ‘contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales’. The prince was among the first to pay tribute after Ms Palmer-Tomkinson’s death. Her funeral is on February 27.