Nikki Grahame dead: Davina McCall, Rylan Clark-Neal and Big Brother stars lead tributes as TV icon dies aged 38

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Stars including Davina McCall, Rylan Clark-Neal and former Big Brother contestants have paid tribute following the news that reality star Nikki Grahame has died at the age of 38.

On Saturday, it was confirmed that Nikki had died following a battle with anorexia.

A representative for Nikki told Metro.co.uk: ‘It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday, April 9 2021.

‘Please respect the privacy of Nikki’s friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.’

Several celebrities have expressed their sadness over her death, with former Big Brother presenter Davina tweeting: ‘I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Graham x my thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest , most bubbly sweetest girl x’

Rylan, who presented Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, wrote: ‘Thinking of Susan and Nikki’s close friends and family. A Big Brother Icon x.’

I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Graham x my thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest , most bubbly sweetest girl x❤️❤️❤️💔

— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) April 10, 2021

Bloody hell, just read the sad news about Nikki Grahame. Definitely one of the stars from the glory years of reality tv. I met her a long time ago and she was a lovely girl. RIP young lady.

— Paddy McGuinness 💙 (@PaddyMcGuinness) April 10, 2021

Most awful news about Nikki Graham. Really heartbreaking, she genuinely is an icon and I’m unbelievably blessed to have been lucky enough to work with her over the years. She lead the way for all of us BB housemates ❤️❤️❤️

— Mark Byron (@MrMarkByron) April 10, 2021

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, who appeared on the seventh series of Big Brother, shared a picture of Nikki, alongside the caption: ‘I can’t breath [sic].’

Comedian Paddy McGuinness described Nikki as ‘one of the stars from the glory years of reality TV’, adding: ‘I met her a long time ago and she was a lovely girl. RIP young lady.’

Jedward paid homage to Nikki, writing that their ‘heart goes out to your family and friends.’

Blue star Antony Costa said that he was ‘devastated’ by the news, calling Nikki ‘a beautiful person’.

Singer Joe McElderry said that he was ‘grateful to have spent many fun times’ with the reality star, stating: ‘My thoughts are with her family. Rest in Peace lovely girl.’

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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8iP7TLHEHi

— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) April 10, 2021

Really sad to hear the passing of @NikkiGrahame grateful to have spent many fun times together ❤️ my thoughts are with her family. Rest in Peace lovely girl ❤️

— Joe McElderry (@joemcelderry91) April 10, 2021

Such sad news about Nikki Graeme devastated…What a beautiful person she was, condolences to her loved ones xxxxxx

— Antony Costa (@AntonyCosta) April 10, 2021

RIP Nikki Grahame – my heart pours out to her and her family. I can feel your pain you endured with anorexia… such a cruel disease😣😣😣🙏🏽🤍

— Malin Andersson (@MissMalinSara) April 10, 2021

Nikki Grahame was bigger than life on TV. Yet in private she was a kind, sensitive soul, full of empathy.💖
Feel devastated but I shall remember my friend as someone who put up one hell of a fight against Anorexia. Her legacy to be a better understanding of this horrific illness. pic.twitter.com/6cBeogm8iD

— Gerry Stergiopoulos (@GerryGreek) April 10, 2021

Big Brother star Mark Byron said that he felt ‘unbelievably blessed to have been lucky enough to work with her over the years’, saying that she ‘lead the way for all of us BB housemates’.

Emmerdale actor Natalie Ann Jamieson also wrote: ‘Oh my goodness, I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Nikki Grahame, such a cruel illness! Really sad!!’

Love Island’s Malin Andersson tweeted: ‘RIP Nikki Grahame – my heart pours out to her and her family. I can feel your pain you endured with anorexia… such a cruel disease.’

Former Big Brother contestant Gerry Stergiopoulos said that Nikki was ‘bigger than life on TV’, and ‘yet in private she was ak ind, sensitive soul, full of empathy’.

‘Feel devastated but I shall remember my friend as someone who put up one hell of a fight against Anorexia. Her legacy to be a better understanding of this horrific illness,’ he added.

A fundraiser was previously set up by Nikki’s friends to try and help her with her anorexia battle, raising over £69,000.

In an update, they wrote that she ‘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,’ their statement said.

‘We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki’s friends and family process the sad news.’

Nikki starred on the seventh series of Big Brother in 2006, finishing in fifth place.

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