Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s family have hit back at claims that the 45-year-old socialite was in a “dark place” prior to her death.
Her heartbroken sister, author Santa Montefiore, has taken to Twitter to reveal that the former model had been in “high spirits in her last days” and had been planning trips away, as well as writing a new song.
“Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes – a perforated ulcer,” the 47-year-old wrote.
The former It Girl passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 8, just three months after she confessed she had a fear of dying following a non-malignant brain tumour diagnosis. At the time, she also spoke about her long-time battle with an auto immune disease that caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.
The family of Palmer-Tomkinson, who was the goddaughter of Prince Charles, released a statement yesterday announcing that her funeral would be held later this month.
“We would like to thank the many people who have contacted us about Tara following her untimely death,” the statement read.
“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 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.”
“Tara’s funeral will be on the February 27. 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 bought to our lives.”
Palmer-Tomkinson’s passing reportedly rocked the royal family, with the Prince of Wales saying he was “deeply saddened” at the news.
This article originally appeared on New Idea.