TARA Palmer-Tomkinson never had a brain tumour and made up the story as a cry for help, reports claim.
The former It girl, who passed away at the age of 45 early in February, previously spoke about being diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour.
However, friends of the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star say that she made up the claims as a cry for help.
An unverified source told The Daily Mail: “Tara often lived in her own fantasy world.
“She believed she might have been suffering from a brain tumour after feeling fatigued and going for blood tests but the truth is there was never a tumour.
“She could be melodramatic at times and was obviously not in a good place at the start of last year.”
They added: “It was possibly an extreme cry for help, as she had been feeling very low.
“She had a very vivid imagination and often blurred the line between reality and fiction but her friends knew to sometimes take what she said with a pinch of salt.
“Often, with Tara, it was her more unbelievable stories that were completely true.”
Tara’s sister Santa Montefiore confirmed on February 15 her cause of death.
She tweeted: “Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.”
Her tweet did not make it clear whether she meant Tara never had a brain tumour or just that it had not caused her death.
She added: “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.”
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Tara said she was “terribly frightened” when finding out about her brain tumour.
“I said: ‘What does this mean? Can you translate it?’
“And the doctor said: ‘As I suspected, you have a brain tumour’.”
She added: “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.
“My growth was nonmalignant but it affected the production of prolactin [a hormone]. Thankfully, it seems to have gone away for now.”