The Sunday Post (Newcastle)
Tributes pour in for tragic BB star Nikki
Davina McCall last night led tributes to Big Brother contestant Nikki Grahame who has died aged 38 after a battle with eating disorders.
Stars and fans took to social media last night to pay tribute to the reality television star who first found fame in 2006 and went on to have her own series, Princess Nikki. Fans had been trying to help Nikki after it was revealed she was struggling badly with anorexia.
Her mum Sue appeared on television show This Morning just days ago to say Nikki’s health battle began in earnest when gyms closed because of lockdown.
She said Nikki, from London, could not bear to eat unless she was able to exercise and said: “Stuff like gyms closing impacted her. In order to eat she needed to know she could exercise, so when they closed, that and the isolation was a real worry.
“She spent a lot of time on her own with not enough to think about other than food.”
Nikki’s agent confirmed that the star passed away on Friday. Nikki had first shown issues around food when as young as seven.
Former Big Brother presenter McCall said: “I’m so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Grahame.
“She really was the funniest, most bubbly sweetest girl.”