Big Brother star Nikki Grahame – who rose to fame in the 2006 series – has died. Her manager said: “It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April 2021. Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.”
The reality star checked into a private hospital to treat her eating disorder last month.
Nikki’s mum discussed her daughters health battle on This Morning last week, telling viewers she had been struggling.
She said: “With Covid, it sounds crazy but stuff like gyms closing impacted her.
“In order for her to eat she needs to know she can exercise, so when they closed it was quite a worry, the isolation as well.
“I asked her if she would come and stay with me but she said she needs to be in her home.”
Sue went on to say Nikki had also been suffering from loneliness due to the pandemic.
“It all came to a grinding halt,” she divulged.
“Also for Nikki, she would muddle herself through the year knowing she’s got friends abroad and she would visit them.”
She added her daughter had been “grateful” for the support she received from the public.
A GoFundMe fundraising page was set up for Nikki by her friends last month.
The initial target for treatment funds was £50,000 and over £65,000 was raised.
A statement on the page said the reality star’s treatment via the NHS had “failed”.
“We have exhausted every avenue possible, and now Nik is unfortunately in a very bad way, this is now our last hope,” they added.
The reality star rose to fame on Big Brother UK in 2006, in which she finished in fifth place.
Nikki had been open about her battle with anorexia since finding fame on Big Brother..
In 2009, she released her autobiography Dying To Be Thin.
Tributes have flooded in for the late star on social media this evening.
Author Juno Danson wrote: “Nikki Grahame was a reality TV icon and I so dearly wanted her to be well. This is very sad.”
Jedward commented: “Rip Nikki Grahame as fellow Big brother contestants we’ve gone through the same experience and having met you on tv shows! Our heart goes out to your family and friends.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Cheryl Hole added: “I had the absolute pleasure of working with Nikki Grahame last year!
“She was an absolute joy, an icon like no other and will be so deeply missed! RIP Nikki.”