Nikki Grahame, whose full name is Nicola Rachele-Beth Grahame, was an English television personality and author.
She was born on April 28, 1982, and passed away on April 9, 2021, at the age of 38.
Nikki rose to fame as a contestant on the seventh series of the reality show Big Brother in 2006, where she finished in fifth place.
Following her appearance on Big Brother, she starred in her own reality series called Princess Nikki and won a National Television Award for Most Popular TV Contender.
Nikki was known for her larger-than-life personality and had several memorable moments during her time on Big Brother, including her classic meltdowns.
She also appeared on other reality shows, such as Ultimate Big Brother, Big Brother Canada 4, and Celebrities in Therapy.
Nikki was open about her struggles with anorexia nervosa, which ultimately led to her untimely death.
Nikki Grahame early life
Nikki described her early childhood as the ‘happiest ever’.
However, when she was eight years old, her parents divorced, and her grandfather, to whom she was very close, died from cancer.
Nikki, who had been described as a ‘daddy’s girl,’ was upset by her parents’ divorce, after which she was raised by her mother Susan.
She attended Northwood School, a coeducational secondary school, in London.
Nikki Grahame cause of death
Nikki died on April 9, 2021, at the age of 38.
The cause of her death was complications from anorexia nervosa, a psychological and eating disorder that she had been battling for a long time.
Nikki’s death occurred the day after she was discharged from the hospital, prompting an investigation into the care she received at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The investigation aims to determine whether the hospital discharged her too soon.
What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and a persistent restriction of food intake.
People with anorexia nervosa often have an extremely low body weight and may engage in behaviors such as excessive exercise, purging, or the use of laxatives to control their weight.
Anorexia nervosa is a complex disorder that can have both physical and psychological consequences.
The physical effects of anorexia nervosa can include malnutrition, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and organ damage.
In severe cases, anorexia nervosa can be life-threatening.
The psychological effects of anorexia nervosa can include depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and a preoccupation with food and weight.
People with anorexia nervosa may also experience a sense of control or accomplishment from their restrictive eating behaviors, which can make it difficult to seek help.
Anorexia nervosa is more common in women than in men, and typically develops during adolescence or young adulthood.
While the exact causes of anorexia nervosa are not fully understood, it is believed to be influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.
Treatment for anorexia nervosa typically involves a combination of medical, nutritional and psychological interventions.
This may include hospitalization for medical stabilization, nutritional counseling, and therapy to address the underlying psychological factors contributing to the disorder.
Nikki Grahame career
Nikki started her career in 2003 when she appeared in the British soap opera, EastEnders.
She was most known for her appearances on the reality show Big Brother, where she was a contestant on the seventh series in 2006 and finished in fifth place.
Following the show, Nikki starred in her own reality shows, including Princess Nikki and The Farm.
She also appeared in other reality shows such as Ultimate Big Brother, Celebrity Coach Trip, and Big Brother Canada.
Nikki was a well-known television personality in the United Kingdom.
Her acting career in the TV industry and her contribution to TV shows, mainly Big Brother, was her primary income source.
Nikki also launched her own petite clothing range, and appeared in Celebrities in Therapy and In Therapy.