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Davina and Rylan unite with other celebs to pay tribute to Nikki Grahame

Hannah Lovejoy
·5-min read
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV - Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV - Shutterstock

Big Brother stars have been posting emotional tributes in memory of the late Nikki Grahame.

Nikki sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 38 after dealing with an eating disorder throughout most of her life.

Former Big Brother host Davina McCall shared a message on Twitter where she wrote: "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 Clark-Neal also shared a sweet post and referred to Nikki as a "Big Brother icon."

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

The announcement of her passing was posted to the GoFundMe page that was raising money for Nikki's treatment. She checked into a help centre last month after over £69,000 was donated to support her recovery.

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

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Nikki appeared on the seventh season of Big Brother UK in 2006 and quickly became one of the show's most loved contestants.

Her passing prompted tributes from across social media, with both fans and fellow reality TV stars reflecting on her life.

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Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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