Bri­tish so­cialite Tara Palmer Tomkin­son found dead

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Tara Palmer-Tomkin­son, for­mer party girl and a god-daugh­ter of Prince Charles, was found dead at her Lon­don home on Wed­nes­day. She was 45.

The prince said in a state­ment that he and his wife, the Duchess of Corn­wall, were “deeply sad­dened’’ by news of her death.

“Our thoughts are so much with the fam­ily,’’ he said.

The cause of death was not im­me­di­ately clear, though Palmer-Tomp­kin­son re­vealed last year that she had been di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour.

Palmer-Tomkin­son was a fix­ture on the in­ter­na­tional so­cial stage through­out the 1990s. She was reg­u­larly pho­tographed par­ty­ing with the rich and fa­mous, and helped fuel her rep­u­ta­tion as a wild child with reg­u­lar me­dia ap­pear­ances.

She ap­peared on tele­vi­sion shows in­clud­ing the first se­ries of the re­al­ity knock-out show “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’’ in 2002, in which she came in sec­ond.

Known by Bri­tain’s tabloids as “T-P-T,’’ her en­ter­tain­ing life con­tained as many lows, in­clud­ing pub­lic melt­downs, as it did highs.

She had a highly pub­li­cized, and re­port­edly very ex­pen­sive, co­caine habit that led to the col­lapse of her nasal sep­tum, which had to be sur­gi­cally re­paired.

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