Nikki Grahame dead: Big Brother star passes away aged 38 after battle with anorexia

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Nikki Grahame has tragically died at the age of 38 following a battle with anorexia.

The Big Brother star checked into a private hospital in a bid to overcome her eating disorder last month after friends and fans raised over £65,000 for her to start life-saving treatment.

A message on the Go Fund Me page set up by her friends heartbreakingly reads: "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 is so precious was taken from us at such a young age. Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, bit also her friends and family who will miss her immensely."

"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."

They went on to write: "Rest In Peace, Nikki. We love you & not a day will go by without missing your smile. X X X."

Just two weeks ago, Nikki's mum Susan appeared on This Morning to discuss her daughter's harrowing battle.

She told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: "I spoke to Nikki this morning and she said, 'Mum, please stress how overwhelmed I am at people's kindness towards me'.

"'I just don't get it, but I am so grateful,' and she said, 'Also tell everybody that I'm going to try my level best this time to beat this. I want to get my life back'."

Susan has previously opened up on her daughter's battle, telling The Telegraph last month: "We've been on this road a long time – 30 years on and off, and I've never seen her this bad.

"I'm frightened that I'll die and she'll have no one to support her. I don't want her to go through any of this alone.

"While there's breath in my body, and while Nikki is struggling, I don't know how to do anything else other than help her."

Nikki's mum went on to share that the first UK lockdown in 2020 affected her daughter and her latest setback is the result of "terminal loneliness".

Her friends, who set up the fundraising page, told The Sun at the time: "On hitting the Go Fund Me target last weekend those close to her started the long, and at times difficult, though always productive process of finding Nikki the best possible facility and care she requires.

"Due to the incredible donations received we're pleased to report that a private facility which is able to admit her has been found and her road to recovery will begin from Monday."

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