Big Brother legend Nikki Grahame tragically passed away at the age of 38 last year after a long battle with anorexia. A new documentary coming out this week will look back at her life
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Nikki Grahame had a BMI of just 10 when she died, her mother revealed.
The Big Brother legend passed away last April at the age of 38 after a long battle with anorexia.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast before the documentary was aired about Nikki’s life, her mother, Susan, recalled the day she died.
She said: “Nikki has been discharged from the hospital. She came down to visit me, she collapsed and was given the green light to go to the local hospital in Dorset and stay there for two weeks.
“She has a BMI of 10. She is pitiful. I go there every day to bathe her, dress her, sit with her while she eats, to lighten the load on the nurses. It is not a specialized unit. “
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Doctors consider a woman’s healthy BMI to be between 18.5 and 24.9.
Susan said that although Nikki was still very sick, she somehow managed to convince the doctors that she was fine to go home.
This happened despite the fact that the reality TV star was so weak that she couldn’t walk or climb stairs without help.
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Talking about the night she passed away, her mother continued: “She called me at 3am and said ‘Hi mom’. She’s pretty normal – she usually does it when she’s drunk.
“She said ‘I got into the loo’. She had set herself up with a walking frame so she could try to get to the loo.
“I said ‘Good job honey, that’s the way. Every day just write down one positive thing today. You’ll get there, there’s no rush’. “
Recalling Nikki’s last words, Susan added: “She said ‘Mom, I’m so tired.
“So I said ‘Go to sleep honey, I’ll call you tomorrow morning,’ and she died.”
A year after her tragic death, Channel 4 will air a new documentary called Nikki Grahame: Who Is She?
Taking its name from her most iconic quote in the Big Brother house, the show will look back at Nikki’s life and career as she became one of the UK’s most beloved reality stars.
After developing an eating disorder at the age of 8, her mother said being on Big Brother was the highlight of her life because it meant she finally felt accepted.
“She has said in previous interviews that Big Brother saved her life, because I think that’s what she was most healthy and happy about in those years.
“I think when she gets to vote, she thinks people hate her. She always had this low self-esteem.
“So when the door opened and she heard cheers, it was her tears.”
Proud mum Susan continued: “She was shocked that Nikki never got it. She said ‘I don’t understand why people act like that’. She never saw her worth.
“I know that being in Big Brother has been her dream and I’m really glad she did, because I feel she deserves it.
“She lost her childhood [to anorexia] and I think this is what you should have. This is yours. ”
• Nikki Grahame: Who is she? will air on Thursday, April 7at 9pm on Channel 4
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