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TV star Tara Palmer Tomkinson has died

TV star Tara Palmer Tomkinson has died aged 45.

The personality has been battling a brain tumour since last January, and passed away at her London home earlier today.

She revealed she was fighting the illness after going for a set of blood tests after feeling run down the previous summer.

Doctors discovered a growth in her pituitary gland which was malignant but was affecting the production of hormone prolactin.

A police spokesperson said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 13:40hrs on Wednesday, 8 February to an address in Bramham Gardens, SW5.

“A woman, aged in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.

“The death is being treated as unexplained. At this early stage, police are not treating the death as suspicious.

“Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing. The Coroner has been informed.”

She revealed in November: “I went to the doctors to talk about my latest blood test results when I got back from skiing in January.

“I said, ‘What does this mean? Can you translate it?’ And the doctor said, ‘As I suspected, you have a brain tumour.'”

Doctors then often use an MRI scan to detect the size and position of the tumour, before treating it with drugs to shrink it.

Tara’s blood tests also revealed that she was suffering from a rare auto-immune condition, related to her anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA-related), in which abnormal antibodies attack the body’s cells and tissues.

Symptoms include tiredness, weight loss, fever, joint pain, acute anaemia and headaches. Untreated, the condition is fatal.

And even with treatment, it commonly attacks the upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, ears and trachea), the lungs and the kidneys.

Tara, who is the god daughter of Prince Charles, made headlines during her career for her party-going lifestyle.

She continued: “I got terribly frightened. I started thinking, ‘I’m going to die, I’m going to die. I’ve only got a couple of weeks to live.’ Stuff like that.”

“‘I’ve gone completely the other way. I’m a very quiet person now, and I like being that person. I have a better perspective on life.”

 

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