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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson death 'due to ulcer'

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died "peacefully in her sleep" from a perforated ulcer, her sister said.

Author Santa Montefiore posted a series of tweets thanking people for their support following Ms Palmer-Tomkinson's death at the age of 45.

She was found dead at her flat in South Kensington last week.

Ms Montefiore said a coroner found Ms Palmer-Tomkinson had died of "natural causes" and "did not have a brain tumour".

She said: "Tara's good friends & family know that she was in high spirits in her last days. She had plans, trips & had written a moving new song."

There was no retreat to a "dark place" and Ms Palmer-Tomkinson was "happy and positive" before her death, her family said in a statement.

Ms Palmer-Tomkinson rose to fame in the 1990s as a hard-partying "It girl". She received treatment in 2016 for a non-malignant brain tumour.

She used her celebrity status to raise the profile of brain tumours by speaking publicly about her ill-health.

A former Sunday Times columnist and reality TV star, she 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.