British socialite Tara Palmer Tomkinson found dead
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.