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Santa Montefiore misses her 'darling sister' Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Santa Montefiore misses her 'darling sister' Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Santa Montefiore misses her "darling sister" Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

The 47-year-old British author, formerly known as Santa Palmer-Tomkinson before she married Simon Sebag Montefiore, has shared a heartfelt tribute to her late sibling - who was found dead at her London home on Wednesday (08.02.17) aged 45 - on social media, which saw her publicly declare how she longs to have Tara back.

Alongside a sweet picture of the socialite, which was edited with a black and white filter, and was shared on Santa's Twitter account, she wrote: "My darling sister. I miss you. #TaraPalmerTomkinson #tpt #rip (sic)."

And Santa has revealed the brunette beauty's partying lifestyle came as no surprise to her because when the pair were children the 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!' contestant - who was the runner up on the 2002 hit show - was regularly caught "flirting" with boys or smoking, whilst she had her head in her books.

Speaking previously, the writer said: "While I was head of house, vice head of school and played lacrosse for England, she was smoking behind the bike sheds or hanging out with all the handsome boys from the boys' school."

However, the girls "never competed" with one another and would always praise the other on their achievements.

She explained: "We've never competed. In fact, we're quick to celebrate each others success."

Tara revealed last November she had been diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour last year, which she thought would kill her, and her friends claimed she became "reclusive" and had started discussing her funeral after receiving the news.

A friend explained: "Her health had left her in a really bad way and she was very low. She thought about death a lot and even discussed her funeral at points."

A post-mortem will be carried out on Tara's body to determine her cause of death but, unless the examination comes back conclusive, toxicology tests will need to be undertaken to find out whether she had drugs in her bloodstream when she died.