Big Brother star Nikki Grahame loses life-long fight with anorexia and dies at 38

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Enterprise News and Pictures 10/4/21 File pic dated 10/9/2010: Nikki Grahame finishing second in the final of Ultimate Big Brother on September 10 2010. She has died at the age of 38 after a long battle with anorexia. The Big Brother star checked into a private hospital to treat her eating disorder last month after her friends raised over £65,500 to start paying for life-saving care. See story... Pic: Mark St George

Big Brother star Nikki Grahame, who had a never-ending struggle with anorexia, has lost her battle with the disorder at the age of only 38.

Her death was announced today on a GoFundMe page that was set up by friends who rallied round to try to save her by raising funds to pay for life-saving care as her situation grew more perilous.

Leon Dee, a member of the team that had so far managed to fund-raise £69,000, released this statement: “It is with great sadness, we have to let you know that our dear friend Nikki passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April.

“It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age. Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.

Nikki Grahame on Big Brother 7 in 2006

“We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news. Full details will be released as and when we know them.

“All donations have been greatly appreciated and it was heartwarming for everyone including Nikki to see how much she was loved.

“Funds will be held safely in this GoFundMe until we have established an organisation supporting those suffering from anorexia to which we will make a donation in Nikki’s memory. We will post updates for you with more details as soon as we have them.

“We are working with GoFundMe at this time. If you want to request a refund, you can write into GoFundMe’s team here: https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360000288632

Nikki panics as she prepares to leave the Big Brother house in July 2006 after losing her earring after being evicted on Day 58

“Rest In Peace, Nikki. We love you & not a day will go by without missing your smile. X X X”

Nikki became a massive star after appearing in Big Brother 7 in 2006, even though she only finished fifth. She was later runner-up in Ultimate Big Brother and released two books about her battle with anorexia nervosa, Dying to Be Thin in 2009 and Fragile in 2012.

Nikki and Grace sunbathing in the garden on Day 20 of Big Brother 7 on E4

Nikki became famous for her Big Brother Diary Room tantrums, often moaning that it was too cold in the house and famously shouting: “Who is she?” about a new housemate.

Nikki in the house with Richard and Pete

Viewers loved her so much that after being evicted from the house she was voted back in a month later, before finishing in fifth place in the final.

Nikki in tears over a salad and complaints about her lack of effort in the house on Day 12 of BB7

Nikki and Pete

She won a National Television Award as most popular TV contestant and ended up starring in her own reality TV show, Princess Nikki.

Several Big Brother stars, including Rylan Clark-Neal and host Davina McCall have paid tribute to Nikki following her passing.

Nikki Grahame after finishing second in Ultimate Big Brother in 2010       

Pics: Mark St.George                       © copyright GlobalNet Pictures

Rylan tweeted: “Thinking of [Grahame’s mother] Susan and Nikki’s close friends and family. A Big Brother Icon.”

Her fundraising page was updated to announce her death today, stating: “It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age.

“Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.”

Pics: Mark St.George                       © copyright GlobalNet Pictures

Nikki is evicted on BB7

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