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Nikki Grahame's Mum Opens Up On Daughter's Final Phone Call

Lucy Devine

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Nikki Grahame's Mum Opens Up On Daughter's Final Phone Call

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Trigger Warning: This article discusses eating disorders and anorexia

Nikki Grahame's mum has opened up on her daughter's final phone call, after she sadly passed away last year, following a battle with anorexia.

Sue Grahame appeared on BBC Breakfast ahead of a documentary about the highs and lows of Nikki's life, which aired on Channel 4 on Thursday (7th April).

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Nikki died tragically at age 39 last April. Sue explained how she had been admitted to hospital, but was allowed to come home on the evening she passed away.

"She was there for two weeks and had a BMI of 10. She was pitiful but I went there to shower her, dress her and sit with her to take a load off the nurses," she said.

"Nikki managed to convince them that she'd be fine at home. They let her home and she died that night."

Nikki's battle with anorexia was discussed further in the the documentary (Credit: Channel 4)
Nikki's battle with anorexia was discussed further in the the documentary (Credit: Channel 4)

Nikki's battle with anorexia was discussed further in the the documentary, Nikki Grahame: Who Is She? which aired on Thursday.

Viewers were left utterly heartbroken after watching the doc, which heard from Nikki's friends and family about the struggles she endured.

“There was the Nikki everyone knew and loved, and there was this alter-ego that would step in," said Sue.

“This anorexia, it controlled everything she thought, everything she did.”

Nikki and her mum in 2009 (Credit: Alamy)
Nikki and her mum in 2009 (Credit: Alamy)

The doc also delved into Nikki's time on Big Brother, with many of her friends and family believing the show 'saved her' in many ways.

Sue said: “I think Big Brother played quite a role in saving Nikki’s life, I really do. When I had seen Nikki so sick and close to death, on many occasions, it’s like her whole fortunes turned around. 

“From now on, she was going to be alright. She suddenly came alive. I mean, it introduced her to a totally different world out there. She was so busy. 

“I think there was a part of Nikki that never really believed or understood just how loved she was.” 

The doc also delved into Nikki's time on Big Brother (Credit: Channel 4)
The doc also delved into Nikki's time on Big Brother (Credit: Channel 4)

Viewers were devastated at the scenes, with one person writing on Twitter: "Just finished watching the documentary and my god the tears didn't stop. Absolutely heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to her friends and family."

While another said: "Nikki Grahame documentary was so sad. She will never be forgotten."

And a third added: "In floods of tears watching the #NikkiGrahame #WhoIsShe documentary on @Channel4 It's so sad. That poor girl and her Mom. She was the best BB housemate ever Rest in Peace Nikki."

For help, support and advice, you can contact Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.

Topics: TV And Film, Health

Lucy Devine
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