The family of the reality star have released a moving statement

The devastated sister of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has revealed that the former model didn’t die of a brain tumour, but in fact passed away due to a perforated ulcer.

Santa Montefiore, 47, took to Twitter to share the coroner’s report into the star’s death and despite reports, the postmortem showed it wasn’t a brain tumour which killed her.

The socialite’s sister wrote to her 4000 followers: ‘I’ve been so touched by the warm response to Tara’s death. Thank you from the whole family. But I’d like to clarify a couple of points.

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‘Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.

‘Contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales.’

Before adding: ‘Tara’s good friends & family know that she was in high spirits in her last days. She had plans, trips & had written a moving new song.’

Tara Palmer Tomkinson’s sister, Santa Montefiore has revealed the truth behind the star’s death (Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

Tara was found dead at the age of just 45 after police were called to her home in London on Wednesday 8th February.

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The I’m A Celebrity star revealed that she’d been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year explaining that a non-malignant growth was found in her pituitary gland – which is why it was widely thought this is what killed her.

But a statement from the rest of the family also confirmed that this wasn’t the case while also releasing the date of Tara’s funeral which will be held on February 27th.

Tara tragically died at the age of just 45

The moving statement read: ‘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 retreat to a ‘dark place’ as some have disappointingly sought to suggest.

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‘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 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 bought to our lives.’

Sending our love to the whole family at this tough time.