TV star Nikki Grahame has sadly died at the age of 38. The Big Brother personality passed away on Friday morning (9 April) according to Nikki's management. A rep confirmed the tragic news in a statement to the BBC, adding: "Please respect the privacy of Nikki's friends and family at this tragic and difficult time".
The news comes just one month after friends of the TV personality, including Rylan Clark-Neal and other former Big Brother housemates, created a fund-raising page in order to pay for her rehabilitation, following Nikki's long battle with an eating disorder.
A message on the GoFundMe page said: "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.
"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."
In March, following the fund-raising efforts, a rep for Nikki released the following statement (via Metro) announcing that Nikki was entering a private facility for treatment:
"Nikki would like to thank each and every single person for their kind and generous donations. She has seen the wonderful messages and wishes pouring in both personally and through her Go Fund Me page and has nothing but gratitude."
"On hitting the Go Fund Me target last weekend those close to her started the long, and at times difficult, though always productive process of finding Nikki the best possible facility and care she requires. Due to the incredible donations received we're pleased to report that a private facility which is able to admit her has been found and her road to recovery will begin from Monday."
Our thoughts are with Nikki's family and friends at this very sad time.
Beat promotes awareness and understanding of eating disorders. The charity now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.
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