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Katie Price reveals she missed Nikki Grahame’s final voice message before Big Brother star’s tragic death

KATIE Price has been left heartbroken after she missed Nikki Grahame's final voice message before her tragic death.

The Big Brother star's tragic passing on Friday was confirmed by her rep, following her long battle with anorexia.

Tributes immediately poured in for Nikki, 38, from her fellow Big Brother contestants, reality stars and celebrities, including Katie.

The 42-year-old took to Instagram on Saturday evening to share a picture of Nikki and wrote alongside it: "I’m just so shocked and so gutted to hear this news and really upset set to hear her voice message I never saw and just opened.

"Nikki you were fabulous and made me laugh so much RIP beautiful."

The Big Brother 7 star checked into a private hospital to treat her eating disorder last month after her desperate friends managed to raise more than £65,500 to start paying for life-saving care.

However, her passing was confirmed in a statement on her GoFundMe page.

It read: "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.


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"Full details will be released as and when we know them."

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

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."

Nikki had been open about her anorexia battle since finding fame in Big Brother back in 2006, releasing autobiography Dying To Be Thin in 2009.

She has been fighting the illness since she was a child, and was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the age of 12 following a suicide bid.

At one point, Nikki had to be force fed through a nasal tube after she starved herself.

Helplines on eating disorders and body image

For help and support on eating disorders and body image, you can call Beat Eating Disorders.

Their adult helpline is 0808 201 1677. The youth helpline is on 0808 801 0711

Despite her battle with the eating disorder, Nikki's bubbly personality - and dramatic reactions - made her an instant hit when she entered Big Brother in series seven in 2006.

She went on to land her own reality series, Princess Nikki, before returning to the Big Brother house for Ultimate Big Brother in 2010, where she finished as runner up to series two winner, Brian Dowling.

Nikki also appeared as a guest housemate in series 16 in 2015 and took part in the fourth series of Big Brother Canada the following year, finishing in sixth place.

Her success on Big Brother lead to her winning a National Television Award for Most Popular TV Contender.

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