How did Tara Palmer-Tomkinson die, who is her sister Santa Montefiore, how old was she, and what is a perforated ulcer?
9th November 2020

TARA Palmer-Tomkinson died at the age of 45 in 2017.

Also known as T P-T to her fans, became a household name after crossing the line from aristocratic society into celebrity culture.

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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was found dead at her home

Who was Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and how old was she?

Tara found fame after penning details of her extravagant party girl lifestyle in The Sunday Times.

During the nineties she also wrote regular columns in The Spectator, The Mail on Sunday, GQ and Tatler.

Palmer-Tomkinson quickly became known as a London party girl and the star was regularly pictured at parties and night clubs.

She was 45 years old when she died on February 8, 2017. 

What was Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's cause of death?

The coroner's report revealed that the socialite developed peritonitis due to a perforated ulcer in her stomach.

It was previously reported that she had died of a brain tumour but this was not the case.

Doctors diagnosed her with a benign growth in her pituitary gland in 2016 but this is unlikely to have contributed towards her death.

Tara's sister Santa Montefiore clarified this on Twitter on February 17, 2017.

She wrote: “Today the coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.”

When was Tara Palmer Tomkinson's funeral?

Tara's funeral took place on February 27 2017.

At her funeral, the IT girl's sister Santa Montefiore read a moving eulogy, as the service was attended by hundreds of mourners.

Santa Montefiore spoke of her “darling” Tara and addressing the socialite said: “I hope that you are resting, because you found life hard and now it is done.”

In today’s moving tribute, addressed to Tara, she said: “I hope you know how much we miss you.

“I hope that you are resting, because you found life hard and now it is done.

“As your sister I always wanted to look after you and I tried, I really tried. I hope they are looking after you now in Heaven and that you are letting them, and that you heal."

What is a perforated ulcer?

Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are open sores that develop in the lining of the stomach.

The most common sign that you may have an ulcer is a burning or gnawing pain in your tummy.

An ulcer will appear when the layer that protects the stomach lining from stomach acid breaks down and allows the lining to get damaged.

In most cases an ulcer is a relatively minor condition, complications can pose more serious risks to a person's health.

A rare complication is when the ulcer perforates, or bursts – this is known as peritonitis.

What happened to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's nose?

Years of cocaine abuse in the late 90s took its toll on Tara’s nose, leaving it on the brink of collapse.

In 2006, she had a £6,000 operation to rebuild her septum – the wall of cartilage between the nostrils.

However, four years later and her nose looked swollen and dented – thought to be the result of poor surgery.

Conscious of criticism, Tara had fillers to straighten her nose in 2011 in time for attending the Royal Wedding in 2012.

Did Tara Palmer-Tomkinson have any children?

The socialite did not have any kids.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she revealed she didn't want children.

Asked whether she wanted to get married and have kids one day, Tara replied "I don't think that will happen now.

"I don't want children as they scare me."

 

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