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Nikki Grahame’s ex Pete Bennett shares poem about her ‘devastatingly tragic’ death saying ‘nothing can hurt you again’

NIKKI Grahame's ex Pete Bennett shared a moving poem about the star's "devastatingly tragic" death, saying: "Nothing can hurt you again".

Nikki passed away on Friday at the age of 38, following a three-decade battle with anorexia.

Pete dated the star when they both shot to fame on Big Brother in 2006, and the pair remained close friends ever since - with him visiting her in hospital shortly before her death.

And he has understandably been hit hard by her passing, taking to his Instagram page to share a sweet tribute from @AllOnTheBoard.

The profile is famed for writing poems on a traditional London Underground service board, with this one reading: "Rest in peace Nikki Grahame, a Big Brother legend and a reality TV superstar.

"A lovely force of nature whose catchphrases captivated and entertained a nation;

"You were taken far too soon, it's such a devastating tragedy, it's hard to find the words to say in this heartbreaking situation.

"Nothing can ever hurt you again, and there are no more battles to fight.

"May you fly freely where angels play in paradise above; you will always be missed,

"And the memory of you will never be forgotten, in heaven may you be happy and feel forever love."

Pete did not write any further comment, but added a broken-heart emoji as he shared the poem with his followers.

Earlier this week, the Big Brother champ fought back tears as he reflected on doing "everything he could" to support Nikki as he spoke about her passing on Good Morning Britain.

He reflected on their close bond as he admitted that he'd hoped "love and support" from close friends would be enough to "save her".

Speaking about his "magical" final night with his ex as he raced to visit her in hospital last month, Pete admitted that he was "shocked" to see how ill she became when her desperate friends launched a GoFundMe page.

He said: "When we saw each other again that night, when I went over there, it was magic - she came out of her shell.

"She was reminiscing about Big Brother, she wasn't well obviously but she was still there. It was one of the most special nights I ever had with Nikki.

"A lovely bond and experience to see each other again, the fondest memory I've got of her now."

Pete was visibly becoming more and more upset as the chat went on, adding to the presenters that Nikki had been "lonely" during lockdown because she didn't have her "coping mechanisms" any more - such as time with friends.

Earlier in the chat, the star revealed that Nikki had contacted him to "come and rescue her" after she was secretly hospitalised last year.

He said: "I knew she was ill, I'd see pictures of her out with Imogen [Thomas] and I knew she was looking thin, she contacted me in the last lockdown saying she'd been hospitalised again and she wanted me to come and rescue her or something.

"She got out again, we were still in contact… But recently when I saw the GoFundMe, it was a shock.

"When I saw her recently it was a complete difference."


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Nikki Grahame 'saved friend's life' by getting her help for eating disorder before her death

Nikki's anorexia battle began when she was just seven years old after a gymnastics classmate cruelly accused her of having a "big bum".

She had been open with her illness since shooting to fame in Big Brother in 2006, releasing her first autobiography 'Dying To Be Thin' in 2009.

Last month, Nikki checked into hospital to treat her eating disorder after friends managed to raise over £65,000 for the specialist care.

However, her tragic passing was confirmed with an emotional statement on the same GoFundMe page that raised the cash.

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