Nikki Grahame has died aged 38 (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Big Brother star Nikki Grahame has died aged 38 following a life-long battle with anorexia.
The much-loved reality star who found fame in the Big Brother house had been getting treatment for her eating disorder at a specialist clinic, fundraised by her fans and friends.
A representative for Nikki told Metro.co.uk: ‘It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday, April 9 2021.
‘Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.’
Her friends had organised a donations page last month to raise money for Nikki to be treated at a specialist facility for anorexia after she had exhausted the options available to her through the NHS.
Fans had raised over £69,000 for Nikki after her friends revealed that her eating disorder had worsened in lockdown.
Nikki Grahame had been seeking treatment in a specialist facility for an eating disorder (Picture: Can Nguyen/REX/Shutterstock)
The organisers of the Go Fund Me page had updated the page to tell her fans: ‘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.
‘We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news.
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‘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.
‘Rest In Peace, Nikki. We love you & not a day will go by without missing your smile. X X X’.
Nikki had found fame on the seventh series of Big Brother in 2006, with her Diary Room rants and romance with series winner Pete Bennett making her a firm fan favourite.
If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment