Nikki Grahame's death sparks investigation at hospital that discharged her one day before she died

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read

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Nikki Grahame's death has triggered an internal investigation at the hospital which discharged her one day before she lost her life.

The former Big Brother star – who died aged 38 on Friday 9 April following a long-term battle with anorexia – spent three weeks in Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, before leaving on Thursday 8 April.

A spokeswoman for Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust told Yahoo! UK: “Staff at the Trust were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Miss Grahame, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Miss Grahame at this very difficult time.

Nikki Grahame attends the SpiceUp London VIP launch 2018 (Getty/Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Nikki Grahame died just one day after being discharged from hopsital. (Getty Images)

“A full internal investigation into the circumstances of Miss Grahame’s death is currently under way. This is in line with standard procedures following any sudden death.

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“All information and findings arising from this investigation will be shared confidentially with Miss Grahame’s family, and thereafter with the coroner as part of any coronial process.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Nikki Grahame attends the press call ahead of tonight's performance of real life stories about body image 'Body Gossip' at The Hub on May 10, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
Nikki Grahame had battled anorexia for many years. (Getty Images)

“The trust will do everything it can to assist the coroner in any ongoing coronial process.”

Grahame had been due to enter a private treatment facility after friends and family started a GoFundMe page to raise money to send her for rehabilitation.

The reality star's mother Susan Grahame appeared on ITV's This Morning last month to discuss the impact lockdown had had on Grahame's eating disorder.

She revealed: “With COVID, it sounds crazy but stuff like gyms closing impacted her. In order for her to eat she needs to know she can exercise, so when they closed it was quite a worry, the isolation as well.

LONDON - JULY 14:  Nikki Grahame poses for photographers after being the  eighth person to be evicted from the Big Brother Seven House on July 14, 2006 in Borehamwood, England.   (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Nikki Grahame competed in reality show Big Brother in 2006. (Getty Images)

“I asked her if she would come and stay with me but she said she needs to be in her home.”

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Grahame had previously discussed her eating disorder publicly, revealing she was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at 12 following a suicide attempt.

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