Big Brother star Nikki Grahame’s cause of death is confirmed as anorexia as health chiefs investigate family claims that she was released from hospital too early
Nikki Grahame’s cause of death has been confirmed as anorexia, reports say.
A hospital investigation looking into the events before the Big Brother star’s death on April 9 is ongoing, but a doctor has recorded her cause of death as Anorexia Nervosa.
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will continue examining the events surrounding the death of Ms Grahame, 38, the Daily Star reports.
Nikki’s body was discovered on April 10 in her London home, a day after she was discharged from Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester after a three week stay to treat her for anorexia.
Tragic loss: Nikki’s body was discovered on April 10 in her London home
The news comes following claims that Nikki Grahame’s family believe she was discharged from hospital too soon amid her anorexia battle and was not ready to have treatment at home.
A source had told The Sun last month: ‘Those close to Nikki feel she would be alive today if she wasn’t discharged so soon.
‘Her family feel she wasn’t strong enough physically to care for herself. It’s left them shocked and heartbroken.’
Nikki shot to fame on the 2006 series of Big Brother and gained an army of fans with her iconic phrase ‘who is she?’.
BB 2006 runner-up Glyn Wise had paid a heartfelt tribute to his close friend
She was pictured with Big Brother winner Pete Bennett in one of her final images, as she cuddled up to her ex-boyfriend in the poignant snap.
Nikki had struggled with anorexia for much of her life and was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at age 12.
Earlier this month, Nikki’s friends reactivated her fundraiser to help her heartbroken family pay for her funeral and help others with eating disorders.
The fundraiser was initially set up a month ago by Nikki’s friends and raised £65,000 for the Big Brother star to have specialist treatment for her eating disorder.
Health chiefs recently launched an investigation into Nikki’s death, after claims by her family that she was released too early from hospital, having weighed just five stone when she died.
A Big Brother icon: Nikki Grahame’s best bits on the hit reality show
Get her some BOTTLED water!
Early on into her stay in the Big Brother house, Nikki was suffering from a migraine and only bottled water would help make it budge.
She said: ‘I need water, I’m not drinking that tap stuff, it’s absolutely disgusting, I actually haven’t got energy to talk to you I feel so dehydrated.’
Despite being reassured the water had been filtered twice in the house, Nikki was still not having any of it and burst into tears.
She said: ‘I’m not enjoying it, I’m not. I hate it, I f*****g hate it!’
Memorable: Nikki was accompanied by housemate Dawn Blake to the diary room when she launched into a meltdown over bottled water
The stolen bed
A tipsy Nikki also ensured to command attention after repeating ‘that’s my bed’ several times when she found another contestant in her bed.
Sitting in the infamous gold chair she told BB: ‘Someones stolen Nikki’s bed, it’s my bed I don’t like it and I just don’t like it’
During the rant, Nikki was dressed in suspenders following a challenge the housemates were set.
Air con woes
The star always seemed to be cold in the Big Brother house and arguing with others over the temperature setting on the air con.
After wrapping up as well as she could, Nikki asked BB: ‘How are we supposed to get out of bed in the morning with the f*****g air con?
‘It’s a blizzard, I’m going to catch a cold’
Made the show: The star would often throw her arms around while reclining in the gold diary room chair and making her epic rants
Nikki was left very unimpressed after housemate Richard Newman finished off the cornflakes – and told her there was porridge oats she could have instead.
She explained: ‘He’s had four bowls of Cornflakes yesterday! Four! And they’re not just normal bowls, they’re f*****g mountains of Cornflakes!
‘Like a mountain, and a whole bag of sugar. We’re going to run out of sugar.’
Who is SHE?
Perhaps Nikki’s most iconic moment came after housemate Susie Verrico put her up for eviction and the star stormed into the diary room.
Arriving in her bikini, Nikki fumed about Susie decision despite ‘not even knowing her’, telling BB that she was feeling ‘very venomous and angry’.
Nikki’s next line cemented her in reality show history – and provided plenty of memes in years to come – as she said: ‘Who is she? Who is she? Who is she? Where did you find her?
And Nikki ended the rant with: ‘I can feel the venom pouring out of me as I breathe. I hate her, I tell you now. I’m going to find it very difficult to be pleasant to it. I don’t even want to look at it.’
Iconic: Perhaps Nikki’s most memorable moment came when she declared: ‘Who is she? Who is she? Who is she? Where did you find her?’
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