Nikki Grahame dead: Big Brother star passes away after anorexia battle

Nikki Grahame dead: Big Brother star passes away after anorexia battle

Nikki Grahame dead: Big Brother star passes away after anorexia battle

Nikki Grahame has died, aged 38.

The former Big Brother contestant had been struggling with anorexia for years.

Her family recently started a GoFundMe page asking friends to support the reality star.

News of her death was announced on the same page on Saturday (10 April).

“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,” a statement read.

“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.”

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The page’s admin, Leon Dee, asked for “privacy at this difficult time while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news”.

Grahame appeared on the seventh series of Big Brother, which aired on Channel 4 in 2006. She gained popularity for her frequent temper tantrums and relationship with eventual winner, Pete Bennett.

<p>Nikki Grahame outside the ‘Big Brother’ house in 2006</p>

Nikki Grahame outside the ‘Big Brother’ house in 2006

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The reality star came fifth and, in 2010, was selected to appear in Ultimate Big Brother, which featured the series’ most famous contestants from its 10-year history. She finished in second place.

Her popularity on the show saw her given her own series, titled Princess Nikki, which saw her attempt several unlikely jobs, including deep sea fishing and mountain rescuing.

Grahame opened up about her experience of anorexia in two books, 2009’s Dying to Be Thin, and Fragile, which was published in 2012.

She had struggled with the eating disorder since a young age, revealing that she attempted suicide several times after refusing to accept treatment willingly.

For anyone struggling with the issues raised in this piece, eating disorder charity Beat’s helpline is available 365 days a year on 0808 801 0677.

NCFED offers information, resources and counselling for those suffering from eating disorders, as well as their support networks. Visit eating-disorders.org.uk or call 0845 838 2040.

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