Nikki Grahame, who was known around the world for starring on “Big Brother UK” and “Big Brother Canada,” died on Friday after a battle with anorexia. She was 38 years-old.
“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,” the official “Big Brother” Twitter account posted in the wake of her death.
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
This comes one month after Grahame’s friends Carly Cunningham and Leon Dee created a GoFundMe account stating that the reality television star was getting “treatment in a specialist clinic” for her anorexia.
“As some of you may know, Nikki is battling Anorexia. She has been battling for most of her life and as you can see, Nikki is now in a very bad way so we need to do something quickly,” the page stated.
The page was updated on Saturday to talk about her death.
“It is with great sadness, we have to let you know that our dear friend Nikki passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April,” Dee wrote. “It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age. Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.”
Dee went on to say that the funds raised would “be held safely in this GoFundMe until we have established an organisation supporting those suffering from anorexia to which we will make a donation in Nikki’s memory. We will post updates for you with more details as soon as we have them.”
“Rest In Peace, Nikki. We love you & not a day will go by without missing your smile. X X X,” Dee concluded.
Grahame came in fifth place on “Big Brother UK” in 2006 and went on to star in her own reality series, “Princess Nikki.” She was later the the runner-up on “Ultimate Big Brother” in 2010, and competed as a guest housemate in season 16 of “Big Brother UK.” On top of that, Grahame also competed on the fourth season of Big Brother Canada, where she finished in sixth place.
Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox paid tribute to Grahame on social media, saying that she was “heartbroken” over her death.
“HEARTBROKEN to hear this devastating news that the incredible force of nature that is Nikki Grahame has passed away,” she tweeted. “We messaged some love to each other just a few weeks ago and I cannot believe this is happening. We love you Nikki.”
HEARTBROKEN to hear this devastating news that the incredible force of nature that is Nikki Grahame has passed away. We messaged some love to each other just a few weeks ago and I cannot believe this is happening. We love you Nikki 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/GGY286uBz4
— Arisa Cox (@arisacox) April 10, 2021
Rest in peace, Nikki Grahame.