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Nikki Grahame fans ‘heartbroken’ after watching tragic documentary about anorexia battle

The reality TV star died in April 2021

Nikki Grahame (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Clodagh Meaney

Fans of Big Brother star Nikki Grahame have been left ‘heartbroken’ after watching the tragic documentary about her anorexia battle.

The programme ‘Nikki Grahame: Who Is She?’ aired on Channel 4 on Thursday night.

Taking to social media fans of the reality star shared their heartbreak at the devastating story.

“Just watched #NikkiGrahame documentary…” one person began.

“Truly heartbreaking to watch. Should she of done big brother when she did maybe not Nikki was vulnerable and her eviction from 2006 series was scared. But when you hear Nikki say ‘Big Brother helped me so much’ you realise was right choice.”

“Nikki Grahame's fight with anorexia is just too tragic for words. How an eating disorder can completely extinguish such a beautiful soul,” another said.

Sharing their experience with the illness, another said: ”Now watching the Nikki Grahame doc. Anorexia is an awful disease, devastating for the person suffering and everyone around them. I survived, many don't. It's incredibly difficult to be controlled by a voice in your head telling you to restrict & that calories relate to your worth.”

“This is going to be tough to watch. Nikki was an absolute reality TV hero. Bless her heart,” said another.

Nikki Grahame developed anorexia as a child (Ian West/PA)

Another fan branded her the ultimate Big Brother contestant: "Nikki was the ultimate #bigbrother contestant, such a fun personality on the outside, but so many demons on the inside, so sad that she never fully beat her illness."

Nikki’s mother, Sue, said that her BMI was only 10 when she died in her sleep following a lifelong battle with Anorexia Nervosa in April 2021.

"She came down to visit me and collapsed so she was blue lighted to hospital. She was there for two weeks,” Sue said of Nikki’s final hospitalisation."

“She was pitiful but I went there to shower her, dress her and sit with her to take a load off the nurses. Nikki managed to convince them that she'd be fine at home. They let her home and she died that night."

The grieving mother also detailed the tragic final conversation she had with her daughter.

“She rang me at half three in the morning," Sue said before joking: "It was quite normal, she normally did it when she was drunk.”

“She said 'Hi mum, I just wanted you to know I managed to get to the loo'. She'd ordered herself a walking frame. I said 'Well done darling, everyday write down one thing that's been positive that day. You'll get there, there's no hurry’, “ Sue said.

"She said 'Mum, I'm so tired' and I said 'Go to sleep darling, I'll call you in the morning' and then she died.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please reach out for help.

You can contact Bodywhys on 01-2107906 or email alex@bodywhys.ie .

You can contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444

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