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Tragic death Big Brother star Nikki Grahame dies aged 38

"It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age."

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Nikki Grahame enters the final Ultimate Big Brother 2010 House at Elstree Studios on August 24, 2010 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Nikki Grahame enters the final Ultimate Big Brother 2010 House at Elstree Studios on August 24, 2010 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Nikki Grahame enters the final Ultimate Big Brother 2010 House at Elstree Studios on August 24, 2010 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Big Brother star Nikki Grahame has died aged just 38 years old.

The reality star battled anorexia for many years and was reportedly hospitalised at a private facility after pals raised funds for her treatment.

She shot to fame on the seventh series of Big Brother and became infamous for her on-screen tantrums.

Her close friend Leon Dee broke 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.

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Nikki Grahame in the BB diary room

Nikki Grahame in the BB diary room

Nikki Grahame in the BB diary room

"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.

"All donations have been greatly appreciated and it was heartwarming for everyone including Nikki to see how much she was loved.

"Funds will 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 and not a day will go by without missing your smile. X X X."

Popstar twins and Celebrity Big Brother stars Jedward were among those who paid tribute, tweeting: "Rip Nikki Grahame as fellow Big Brother contestants we’ve gone through the same experience and having met you on TV shows! Our heart goes out to your family and friends."

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