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Former Big Brother star Nikki Grahame has sadly passed away at the age of 38.
In a statement provided to LADbible, a representative for Grahame said: "It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April 2021. Please respect the privacy of Nikki's friends and family at this tragic and difficult time."
A statement shared on a GoFundMe page set up for Grahame also confirmed the sad news, saying: "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.
"We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki's friends and family process the sad news.
"Full details will be released as and when we know them."
The statement, posted by friend Leon Dee, added: "Rest In Peace, Nikki. We love you and not a day will go by without missing your smile."
Her mother Sue appeared on This Morning last week to talk about her daughter's health battle, saying: "With Covid, it sounds crazy but stuff like gyms closing impacted her.
"In order for her to eat she needs to know she can exercise, so when they closed it was quite a worry, the isolation as well.
"I asked her if she would come and stay with me but she said she needs to be in her home.
"She was [suffering terminal loneliness] she felt very cut off and spending too much time on her own with not enough to think about other than food.
"It all came to a grinding halt. Also for Nikki, she would muddle herself through the year knowing she's got friends abroad and she would visit them.
"She spent a lot of time last year cancelling holidays."
After Grahame checked into a private hospital for treatment for her eating disorder last month, friends set up a fundraiser to help raise money for her.
A representative for Grahame told The Sun at the time: "It is with sadness that we can confirm Nikki's battle with anorexia has worsened in recent months and those closest to her are doing everything they can to assist with her recuperation, most notably in the form of a Go Fund Me page.
"We are confident Nikki will be able to make a full recovery and she would personally like to thank everyone for their kind words, wishes and donations today and beyond."
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