Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died of an ulcer, family says

Socialite’s relatives deny she was in a ‘dark place’ before her sudden death last week

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson had been making plans for the future when she died peacefully in her sleep, her family has said.

In their first statement since the socialite’s sudden death last week, her family thanked “the many people” who had contacted them, adding it had been “a source of great comfort to know how loved she was by so many people”.

The statement said the former “It girl” (45) 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 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.

“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 her time recording music and playing the piano in her apartment - a sure sign that she was happy and feeling good.”


The family confirmed her funeral will be held on February 27th.

They said: “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.”