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Stars pay tribute as Big Brother icon Nikki Grahame dies aged 38

Nikki Grahame has died at 38 (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock / Yui Mok/PA Wire / Ian West/PA Wire)

Stars including Davina McCall, Rylan Clark-Neal and former Big Brother contestants have paid tribute following the news that reality star Nikki Grahame has died at the age of 38.

On Saturday, it was confirmed that Nikki had died following a battle with anorexia.

A representative for Nikki told Metro.co.uk: ‘It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday, April 9 2021.

‘Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.’

Several celebrities have expressed their sadness over her death, with former Big Brother presenter Davina tweeting: ‘I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Graham x my thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest , most bubbly sweetest girl x’

Rylan, who presented Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, wrote: ‘Thinking of Susan and Nikki’s close friends and family. A Big Brother Icon x.’

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, who appeared on the seventh series of Big Brother, shared a picture of Nikki, alongside the caption: ‘I can’t breath [sic].’

Comedian Paddy McGuinness described Nikki as ‘one of the stars from the glory years of reality TV’, adding: ‘I met her a long time ago and she was a lovely girl. RIP young lady.’

Jedward paid homage to Nikki, writing that their ‘heart goes out to your family and friends.’

Blue star Antony Costa said that he was ‘devastated’ by the news, calling Nikki ‘a beautiful person’.

Singer Joe McElderry said that he was ‘grateful to have spent many fun times’ with the reality star, stating: ‘My thoughts are with her family. Rest in Peace lovely girl.’

Big Brother star Mark Byron said that he felt ‘unbelievably blessed to have been lucky enough to work with her over the years’, saying that she ‘lead the way for all of us BB housemates’.

Emmerdale actor Natalie Ann Jamieson also wrote: ‘Oh my goodness, I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Nikki Grahame, such a cruel illness! Really sad!!’

Love Island’s Malin Andersson tweeted: ‘RIP Nikki Grahame – my heart pours out to her and her family. I can feel your pain you endured with anorexia… such a cruel disease.’

Former Big Brother contestant Gerry Stergiopoulos said that Nikki was ‘bigger than life on TV’, and ‘yet in private she was ak ind, sensitive soul, full of empathy’.

‘Feel devastated but I shall remember my friend as someone who put up one hell of a fight against Anorexia. Her legacy to be a better understanding of this horrific illness,’ he added.

A fundraiser was previously set up by Nikki’s friends to try and help her with her anorexia battle, raising over £69,000.

In an update, they wrote that she ‘passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April’.

Nikki ‘touched the lives of millions’ her friends wrote (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

‘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,’ their statement said.

‘We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news.’

Nikki starred on the seventh series of Big Brother in 2006, finishing in fifth place.



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