Nikki Grahame 'weighed less than five stone when she was released from hospital 12 hours before her death'

NIKKI Grahame weighed less than five stone when she was released from hospital 12 hours before her death, according to a report.

Nikki, 38 — who starred on the Channel 4 reality show in 2006 — spent three weeks in Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, before leaving on April 9.

Her body was discovered the following day at her London home. She had been scheduled to start “more relaxed” private treatment.

A friend of Nikki's believes the star would have been alive today if she had received the right treatment over the last six months.

MailOnline revealed that she was discharged from hospital twice while severely unwell, on one occasion weighing just three and a half stone.

The last time she was discharged, on Thursday April 8, she weighed less than five stone, the friend said.

A source close to the star’s family said: “Those close to Nikki feel she would be alive today if she wasn’t discharged so soon.

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“Her family feel she wasn’t strong enough physically to care for herself. It’s left them shocked and heartbroken.”

Nikki — much loved for her appearance on Big Brother — had been open about her battle with the eating ­disorder. She had fought the illness since she was a child.

Nikki was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at 12 following a suicide bid.

At one point she had to be force-fed through a nasal tube after she starved herself.

Nikki had been open about her anorexia battle since finding fame in Big Brother back in 2006, releasing autobiography Dying To Be Thin in 2009.

The Sun approached Dorset County Hospital for comment.

Following the news, tributes immediately started pouring in for Nikki – who rose to fame on the 2006 series of Big Brother from her fellow contestants, reality stars and celebrities who had met her.

Katie Price, 42, revealed her heartbreak that she had missed Nikki's final voice message to her before her tragic passing.

Her sad death comes after her haunting last Instagram post where she admitted she "seriously can't deal" with another lockdown.

The fundraiser's target was initially £25,000, with big-hearted celebs including Rylan Clark-Neal, Michelle Visage, and Vanessa Feltz each donating £500.

Nikki's representative told The Sun at the time: “It is with sadness that we can confirm Nikki’s battle with anorexia has worsened in recent months and those closest to her are doing everything they can to assist with her recuperation, most notably in the form of a Go Fund Me page.

"We are confident Nikki will be able to make a full recovery and she would personally like to thank everyone for their kind words, wishes and donations today and beyond.”

Nikki's friends desperately tried to raise the cash as they believed a specialist clinic was her "last hope".

For help and support on eating disorders and body image, you can call Beat Eating Disorders on 0808 201 1677 for adults, or 0808 801 0711 if you are under 18.

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