Former Big Brother contestant Nikki Grahame dies aged 38

Former Big Brother contestant Nikki Grahame dies aged 38

Nikki Grahame, the reality TV star who gained fame as a Big Brother contestant, has died aged 38.

Grahame, from Northwood in London, had recently been receiving treatment for an eating disorder at a specialist clinic after a fundraising campaign organised by friends and fans.

Grahame, who took part in the seventh series of Big Brother in 2006 and was one of its first big, break-out stars, died on Friday after a long battle with the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa.

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.”

A statement from her representative released on Saturday said: “Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday 9 April 2021. Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.”