Nikki Grahames friends and Big Brother stars join tributes one year on from death

***Trigger Warning: This video contains mentions of anorexia***

Tributes are flooding in for Big Brother star Nikki Grahame who died one year ago today of anorexia.

In an exclusive interview with OK! magazine, Nikki's mum Sue said if she could speak to her daughter one last time, she'd tell her she was "pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me – she and her sister".

"I am so proud of everything she achieved – I'm so lucky she was my girl," Sue said, describing Nikki's incredible life, as well as her serious struggles.

Now, friends both in and out of the spotlight have paid tribute to their larger-than-life friend.


Nikki's best friend Carly, who, along with pal Leon, set up a desperate GoFundMe page to save Nikki in the weeks before her death, shared a tribute on Instagram.

"A year ago life changed forever," she wrote. "I never thought that it would be the last time I spoke to you.

"My heart hurts every time I think of you or someone mentions you to me. No one will ever replace you as a friend.

"We were two souls that were always destined to meet – you just got me, and I got you.

"I only wish you didn't have to leave so soon. The evil illness may have taken you but I will fight for you.

"You will always have a massive piece of my heart. Carry on singing and dancing with the angels – and having a cocktail and a chocolate bar.

"Until I see you again, I love you my little lady."

Former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton wrote on Instagram: "Anyone who knew and loved Nikki saw what I saw…joy, a love for life, free spirit, takes no bull****, loyal, caring…

"This time last year I was in a very dark place…and I apologise for the self-indulgent post I put up.

"That day I couldn't admit I was an addict…yet! I just knew I would hurt you more by being there.

"Miss you chick…

"I don't think a lot of people acknowledge how dangerous and difficult an eating disorder is for the person and those around them."

Fellow Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas wrote: "My beautiful girl…tonight is a celebration of your life. You are so loved and missed. I love you – I miss you, my dear friend."

Nikki struggled with anorexia for 30 years.

She was admitted to hospital two weeks before she died but was discharged on 8 April, one day before her passing.

At 3.30am on April 9, Nikki phoned her mum to tell her she’d made it to the bathroom with her new walking frame.

"I said, 'Well done Nikki, take it one step at a time.' She replied, 'I’m so tired, Mum.' I told her, 'It’s OK, Sausage. Close your eyes and go back to sleep.' She died in her sleep that night. I’d heard her final breaths," Sue said.

For help and support with eating disorders contact SEED on 01482 718130 or visit seedeatingdisorder.org.uk

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