The not-so tragic life of a national treasure

The British public was stunned when on Wednesday 8th February, it was announced that socialite and ‘It girl’ Tara Palmer-Tomkinson had passed away at the age of 45.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Photo by Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock)

Having suffered from a rare autoimmune disease, as well as a non-malignant tumour, Tara spent many of her final months away from the glare of the public eye.

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Having a tumour in her pituitary gland was the cause of some ill health – but before she revealed her condition, many attributed her occasionally fragile appearance to a possible drug relapse, due to highly-publicised battles with drugs during her twenties.

In one of her final interviews, Tara expressed her frustrations with the judgement:

‘Whenever I’m photographed looking frail, everyone says, “Of course, she’s back on drugs,”’ she mused to the Daily Mail in November 2016.

‘That’s always their take on it. Bloody cocaine. That was so many years ago. But not many people can contemplate [my] life without it.’

So in order to portray Tara in a much happier light, Now has chosen a few of her happiest moments in the public eye…