'Big Brother UK' Star Nikki Grahame Passes Away at 38 after a Long Battle with Anorexia
Nikki Grahame's loved ones launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for her anorexia treatment, but despite the special care, the reality star did not survive.
38-year-old Nikki Grahame, known as a "Big Brother UK" star, passed away at the age of 38 after a long battle with anorexia. Her close friends confirmed that Grahame passed away on the 9th of April.
The 38-year-old made a name for herself in the 2006 season of "Big Brother UK" when she placed fifth. She went on to be part of her own reality show called "Princess Nikki" and competed in "Ultimate Big Brother" in 2010.
"Big Brother UK" took to Twitter to share the sad news that Grahame had passed away. They referred to her as part of the reality show's family as they posted:
"Nikki Grahame was a much loved housemate and a huge part of the Big Brother family. We are shocked and saddened by this awful news and our thoughts are with her family."
Carly Cunningham and Leon Dee, close friends of Grahame who launched the GoFundMe campaign for Grahame's anorexia treatment, also shared the news of her death on the fundraising site.
Nikki Grahame was a much loved housemate and a huge part of the Big Brother family. We are shocked and saddened by this awful news and our thoughts are with her family. pic.twitter.com/31wojcWI6F— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) April 10, 2021
TRYING TO GET HELP
According to the description of the fundraising campaign, Grahame's anorexia had taken a turn for the worst, which resulted in her loved ones reaching out for extra financial support so that she could receive more specialized care.
Grahame also had a serious fall that left her with a fractured pelvis and a broken wrist. Her mother had to stay with her to take of her.
The healthcare provided by the NHS had not been sufficient, and due to the lack of improvement in the 38-year-old's condition, her family and friends decided to step in. The campaign raised a total of £68,929, which will be donated to a fitting charity.
"BIG BROTHER" EXPERIENCE
Grahame had been very open about her positive experience on "Big Brother" and even went so far as to say that it had changed her life for the better. During a special appearance on the show in 2018, Grahame said:
“Big Brother has played such a huge part of my life, it changed my life for the better. I don’t have one regret, not one. It will always have a place in my heart."
The reality star was also an author as she had written two books titled "Dying to Be Thin" and "Fragile." She used her platform to share about her experience with anorexia and how it had crippled her life.
For those with eating disorders who are finding the Nikki Grahame news particularly sad, know that there is help out there.— Joshua Zitser (@mrjoshz) April 10, 2021
Here are some numbers that might be helpful. https://t.co/rhsjbZIWgt
Grahame's mother revealed that the 38-year-old had particularly struggled during the quarantining period that came along with the COVID-19 pandemic. It resulted in terrible loneliness that made her battle with anorexia even more difficult.
Grahame also had a serious fall that left her with a fractured pelvis and a broken wrist. Her mother had to stay with her to take of her in this time as she could barely do anything for herself.
rest in peace nikki grahame, an unforgettable icon who has left such an impact ❤️— lewys (@lookingforlewys) April 10, 2021
The "Princess Nikki" star's ex-boyfriend and co-star on "Big Brother UK" Pete Bennette took to Instagram to post a video that showed him explaining that he thought he could save her, which just wasn't possible.
Overcome by her eating disorder exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the loneliness that came along with it, Grahame was unable to reach the other side of her long and difficult battle.