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Nikki Grahame death: Investigation launched at hospital where Big Brother star was being treated for anorexia

Lizzie Edmonds
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Watch: Nikki Grahame's death sparks internal investigation at Dorset hospital

The hospital where Nikki Grahame was being treated for anorexia has reportedly launched an internal investigation following the star’s sudden death after she was discharged.

A full internal investigation is now taking place at Dorset County Hospital, as Nikki’s family said they believe she was discharged too early.

Nikki, who died aged 38 earlier this month follow a three-decade battle with the eating disorder, spent three weeks in the hospital before leaving on April 9.

She died at home in London the following day. The star - who found fame on the 2006 series of Big Brother weighed less than five stone when she died, reports have suggested.

<p>Nikki and her mother Sue</p> (PA)

Nikki and her mother Sue

(PA)

A spokeswoman for Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust told the Sun: “Staff at the Trust were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Miss Grahame, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Miss Grahame at this very difficult time.

“A full internal investigation into the circumstances of Miss Grahame’s death is currently underway. This is in line with standard procedures following any sudden death.

“All information and findings arising from this investigation will be shared confidentially with Miss Grahame’s family, and thereafter with the Coroner as part of any Coronial process.

“The Trust will do everything it can to assist the Coroner in any ongoing Coronial process.”

A source close to the star’s family suggested they believed she shouldn’t have been released.

Nikki died aged 38PA
Nikki died aged 38PA

 “Those close to Nikki feel she would be alive today if she hadn’t been discharged so soon,” they told the Sun.

“Her family feel she wasn’t strong enough physically to care for herself. It’s left them shocked and heartbroken. It’s an extremely difficult time for them.”

It comes after a GoFundMe appeal set up to fund Nikki’s treatment has been reactivated so well-wishers can donate in her memory.

A message on the site read: “We just wanted to let you know that we are turning donations back on for anyone that would like to make a donation in Nikki’s memory, as lots of people have been asking if they can still donate.

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“An amount will be used for the funeral costs and the remaining funds will be used to go towards an organisation that helps those suffering with eating disorders, the crucial funding that has been lacking to help people in these awful situations has not been addressed, we will use this money to the best of our ability to try and stem this horrific, debilitating illness.”

The message continued: “We also would like to thank people who have sent private messages with lovely words about Nikki, she would be so thankful.”

A statement about Nikki’s death was released on the 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.”

Nikki’s motherSue Grahame told This Morning earlier this month that Nikki’s condition deteriorated after the gyms closed.

Previously, Grahame said lockdown had been “hellish” and had “floored” her daughter.

Big Brother presenter Davina McCall and former contestants Pete Bennett and Imogen Thomas are among those to have paid tribute to the star.

The GoFundMe page can be found here.

Watch: Pete Bennett says he thought 'love and support' would help save Nikki Grahame

For help and support with eating disorders contact SEED on (01482) 718130 or visit www.seedeatingdisorders.org.uk

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