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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died of 'natural causes' and 'did not have a brain tumour'

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died of natural causes and "did not have a brain tumour", her sister has said.

The former "It girl" and reality TV star was found dead in her west London flat last week at the age of 45.

Last year she revealed she had been diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour.

After finding out about the growth in her pituitary gland, she later spoke about also suffering with an auto-immune disease that caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.

Her sister, author Santa Montefiore thanked people for their support in recent days.

She said that Tara died "peacefully in her sleep due to a perforated ulcer and peritonitis" she said that Tara was "happy and feeling good".

Ms Montefiore said that Tara "did not have a brain tumour".

In a statement released on Wednesday the family said: "We would like to thank the many people who have contacted us about Tara following her untimely death. It has been a source of great comfort to know how loved she was by so many people.

"Tara died peacefully in her sleep due to a perforated ulcer and peritonitis.

"Those that knew and were close to Tara knew that there was no retreated to a "dark place" as some have disappointingly sought to suggest.

"As usual she had been busy with the friends and family she loved, and who loved her in return. She was in communication with her family and others of whom she was fond over her final weekend and had spent a lot of time recording music and playing the piano in her apartment - a sure sign that she was happy and feeling good.

"Tara's funeral will be on the 27th February. This will  be a private moment for family and close friends to grieve and we would ask that our privacy at this time is respected.

"We will miss Tara very much and will never forget the joy, love and humour she brought to our lives."

In a series of tweets released before the statement Tara's sister said that she wanted to clarify a couple of points.

She said: "Today the coroner's report states that Tara died of natural causes - a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour."

She added: "Contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales".

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