Reality TV star Nikki Grahame, who rose to fame as a candidate for Big Brother, has died at the age of 38.
A statement by her representative said: “It was with immeasurable sorrow that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early morning hours of April 9, 2021. Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.”
Grahame, originally from Northwood, London, was recently treated for an eating disorder at a specialist clinic following a fundraiser organized by friends and fans.
A statement posted on Gofundme.com said: “It is with great sadness that we are sorry to announce that our dear friend Nikki passed away in the early hours of April 9th.
“It breaks our hearts to know that someone so precious has been taken from us at such a young age. Not only has Nikki touched the lives of millions of people, but also their friends and family who will miss her dearly. “
The Big Brother star recently checked into a private hospital for treatment for her eating disorder after her friends managed to raise thousands of pounds to treat her anorexia Mirror report.
The reality star’s fans donated more than £ 69,000 through a GoFund Me page.
The website stated that Nikki needed urgent treatment. The message read: “We set up this page for our very close and dear friend Nikki. As some of you may know, Nikki is fighting anorexia. She has fought for most of her life and as you can see, Nikki is doing now very bad so we have to do something quickly.
“Over the past few years, Nikki’s family and friends have tried so desperately to get the greatest possible help to Nikki through the NHS, but unfortunately the treatments have failed and we have exhausted all options and now, unfortunately, Nik is doing very badly, now our last hope .
“Because of this, we feel that her treatment in a specialist clinic is the only option for her. We pray that this will give her the chance to bring this disease onto the streets once and for all.”
“Right now, Nikki feels constantly weak and struggles every day. She feels trapped and really wants to get better but feels impossible. It’s heartbreaking and we dearly just want a healthy and healthy Nikki back.” She has no energy and takes every day as it comes.
“Mental health, as so many of you know, is debilitating in many ways. We would like to save our friend from being beaten by this disease. If you are able to donate, we would be extremely grateful.
“Nikki has given permission to create this page and is supporting her in the hope that she will have access to the special care and treatment she urgently needs. We know the photos may be distressing, but we felt it was important to show the heaviness of the page where Nikki is right now.
“The basic treatment Nikki received from the NHS just isn’t working for her. Your only option now is to seek expensive intensive care at The Prioriy or a similar alternative facility in addition to careful private therapy. The above treatment and facility is costly 25,000 pounds a month and we believe this is her only option to provide the care and life saving treatment she needs.
“We’re going to be going across the bridges of London to raise funds and for anyone who wants to join us, we’d like to take the walk in May once the lockdown allows us.
“Nikki made millions of us laugh in their happier days. Now all we want to do is see our Nik smiles. Thank you for taking the time to read this. We will keep you updated on Nikki’s progress here hold. Carly and Leon x. “”
Last month, Nikki’s mother Sue made a heartbreaking appearance that morning to discuss her daughter’s battle with anorexia.
Speaking to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Sue said that this time around, their daughter is trying her “best level” to beat the eating disorder.
Her friends have managed to raise £ 65,000 with the help of fans to ensure she can check into a facility and get the help she needs.
Sue spoke about the events that resulted in Nikki’s need for serious help, saying the lockdown really weighed on the star.
“Last year it really took off when the gyms closed it was quite a worry,” Sue explained.
“The isolation, it was really hard for her, really hard. She felt very cut off and spent too much time alone with not enough to think about anything but food, and that got a grip on that too.”
Nikki started her battle with the eating disorder when she was only six years old.
“I started doing gymnastics when I was six and when I was seven I felt confident in my jersey,” she told New! Magazine in May 2009.
“One day one of the girls told me my bum looked fat and the instructor said I was useless. I thought if I stopped eating I would become a better gymnast.”
Fearing for their daughter, Nikki’s parents admitted her to the Children’s Eating Disorder Unit at Maudsley Mental Hospital in London.
Nikki was released after six weeks, but things got worse and she was taken to a hospital emergency room and force-fed through a nasal tube.
After eight months in the Child and Family Psychiatric Unit at Collingham Gardens in west London, Nikki gained weight and returned to Northwood.
When her weight dropped again, Nikki returned to Collingham Gardens before being transferred to a psychiatric and eating disorder unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
During one of her lowest points, when she was only 12, Nikki attempted suicide.
Her weight dropped so much that she fell into a coma, and doctors feared she was only minutes from death.
Nikki was force-fed from a tube in her stomach, but when she was conscious she kept trying to remove the feeding apparatus.
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She admitted to eating disorders clinic Rhodes Farm in Mill Hill, north London – and had a massive wake-up call.
She woke up one morning at the age of 16 and courageously decided to fight back and showed signs of improvement.
At the age of 18, she relapsed again and was taken to an adult eating disorder ward. At the same time, she developed an obsessive-compulsive disorder with a fear of germs.
Nikki competed in Big Brother 7 in 2006 and finished in fifth place. She became known for her funny segments in the diary room.
She then had her own reality show called Princess Nikki.
In 2010 she appeared in Ultimate Big Brother and in 2015 she was a roommate on the show’s 16th series.
Nikki also starred in the Canadian version of the popular show.