Nikki Grahame, the reality TV star who rose to fame as a contestant on Big Brother, has died aged 38.
Grahame, originally from Northwood in London, had recently received treatment for an eating disorder at a specialist clinic after a fundraising campaign organised by friends and fans.
A statement from her representative said: “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.”
Grahame was a contestant on the seventh series of Big Brother in 2006, in which she finished in fifth place. In 2010, she was a runner-up in Ultimate Big Brother. She released two books based on her experience of having anorexia nervosa – 2009’s Dying to Be Thin and Fragile, released in 2012.
A statement on the GoFundMe page said: “Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.”
Davina McCall, the former Big Brother host, tweeted she was “so desperately sad to hear” the news, calling her “the funniest, most bubbly [and] sweetest girl”. She added: “My thoughts are with her friends and family.”