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tragic death Ex Big Brother star DJ Spiral pays tribute to his former housemate Nikki Grahame

Big Brother contestant Nikki (38) died after a long battle with anorexia

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Nikki Grahame pictured in 2006. Picture: PA

Nikki Grahame pictured in 2006. Picture: PA

Nikki Grahame pictured in 2006. Picture: PA

Ex-Big Brother star DJ Spiral has paid a lovely warm tribute to his fellow former contestant Nikki Grahame who passed away earlier today

R.I.P Nikki God Bless your beautiful soul,” the Finglas rapper tweeted about Nikki who found fame in the Big Brother house in 2006.

DJ Spiral shared his time on the show with a number of notable celebrities, including model Imogen Thomas and Nikki.

Nikki, who became one of the most popular people to enter the House, died at the age of 38 after a long battle with anorexia.

She had been treated for an eating disorder in a private hospital after friends managed to raise more than £65,500 to start paying for life-saving care.

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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Nikki Grahame has died aged 38 (Yui Mok/PA)

Nikki Grahame has died aged 38 (Yui Mok/PA)

Nikki Grahame has died aged 38 (Yui Mok/PA)

However, in a statement today on her GoFundMe page, it sates: "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."

It continued: "All donations have been greatly appreciated and it was heart-warming for everyone including Nikki to see how much she was loved."

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Nikki Grahame's rep Freddie White also said in a statement: "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."

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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

Following the news, tributes immediately started pouring in for Nikki - who rose to fame on the 2006 series of Big Brother from her fellow contestants, reality stars and celebrities who had met her.

Nikki’s mum Sue said her daughter's health battle was sparked when gyms closed during lockdown as the star dreaded eating if she couldn't exercise.

She appeared on This Morning last week and said: "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.

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Nikki featured in TV3's Celebrity Salon in 2012 - pictured at the wrap party in Dublin

Nikki featured in TV3's Celebrity Salon in 2012 - pictured at the wrap party in Dublin

Nikki featured in TV3's Celebrity Salon in 2012 - pictured at the wrap party in Dublin

"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."

Sue said she had a message for her daughter’s fans: "I heard from Nikki this morning and she said, 'please stress how overwhelmed I am at people's kindness towards me. I am so grateful.'

"But she said 'also tell everybody I'm going to try my level best to beat this'."

Nikki released two books, Dying To Be Thin (2009) and Fragile (2012) based on her experiences with the illness.

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