The statement from her family on Thursday said: “We have been humbled by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella died.
“She was a beautiful soul, adored by a close family and good friends, a sensitive and talented woman whose creativity, intelligence and humour touched so many.
“Stella had been unwell for some time. So, it is a matter of our deepest sorrow and despair that she felt unable to go on, despite the love of those closest to her.
“In grieving Stella’s loss, her family renews a heartfelt request that respect for their privacy should continue.”
The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, and Deborah Mitford, Tennant rose to fame in the…