Nikki Grahame suffered from 'terminal loneliness' before her death and found lockdown 'hellish', said her mum
NIKKI Grahame suffered from "terminal loneliness" before her death and found lockdown "hellish", her mum said.
The Big Brother 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 today on her GoFundMe page.
But her mum Sue has admitted lockdown was particularly hard on Nikki.
Speaking to the Telegraph, she said: "This last year has just about floored her… From the first lockdown, it was hellish.
"She struggled because she couldn't go to the gym. Then, in December, she fell down and cracked her pelvis in two places and broke her wrist.
"I stayed with her for four weeks because she couldn't do anything."
Sue said she suffered from "terminal loneliness" in the lockdown.
Before lockdown happened, Nikki was working in a school and had completed a course on caring for children with special needs.
The statement on her GoFundMe page 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."
It continued: "All donations have been greatly appreciated and it was heartwarming for everyone including Nikki to see how much she was loved."
Nikki’s mum Sue appeared on This Morning last week and said her daughter's health battle was sparked when gyms closed during lockdown as the star dreaded eating if she couldn't exercise.
She said: "With Covid, it sounds crazy but stuff like gyms closing impacted her.
"In order for her to eat she needs to know she can exercise, so when they closed it was quite a worry, the isolation as well.
"I asked her if she would come and stay with me but she said she needs to be in her home."
"She was (suffering terminal loneliness) she felt very cut off and spending too much time on her own with not enough to think about other than food.
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"It all came to a grinding halt. Also for Nikki, she would muddle herself through the year knowing she's got friends abroad and she would visit them.
"She spent a lot of time last year cancelling holidays."
The fundraiser's target was initially £25,000, with big-hearted celebs including Rylan Clark-Neal, Michelle Visage, and Vanessa Feltz each donating £500.
Nikki's friends desperately tried to raise the cash as they believed a specialist clinic was her "last hope".
Nikki has 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.
- For help and support on eating disorders and body image, you can call Beat Eating Disorders on 0808 201 1677 for adults, or 0808 801 0711 if you are under 18.
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