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Imogen Thomas says Nikki Grahame couldn’t walk up the stairs before heartbreaking death

Big Brother star Imogen Thomas has revealed her fellow star and fan-favourite Nikki Grahame wasn't able to walk up stairs ahead of her death.

The reality TV beauty has paid tribute to her dear friend ahead of the one-year anniversary of Nikki's untimely death.

The star tragically died after a life-long battle with anorexia at just 38 years old April 9, 2021.

She died in her sleep at home following a conversation with her beloved mum Susan, which came only a day after she was released from hospital.

Welsh-born Imogen, 39, and Nikki initially met during their time on Big Brother back in 2006, cementing their bond in the years that followed the whirlwind experience in the Borehamwood bungalow.

Nikki, a true icon from Big Brother, sadly relapsed with her eating disorder when gyms closed during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Imogen has since reflected on their friendship and even revealed she tried to intervene and have Nikki sectioned in a desperate attempt to save her life.

"She deteriorated so much, she didn’t have any control over it, she was so ill," the brunette beauty told The Sun.

"When she tried to walk up the stairs she couldn’t move her legs and had to pick them up with her hands. She called me a few weeks before she died saying she wanted to die.

"She didn’t want to be anorexic, she really did want to fight this but there was a part in her head that just couldn’t do it."

But while Nikki wanted to get better, she insisted that getting admitted to hospital didn't help because "the patients would have a competition to see who can be the thinnest".

In a heartbreaking interview with OK! recently, the star's mum Sue poured her heart out about her daughter's disease and final days, and how she did everything she could to help her daughter but it was never enough.

She also revealed she is still in contact with some of Nikki's friends from Big Brother, including Imogen.

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"They're honestly a blessing," Sue shared, as she went on to say the day her daughter was released from hospital on April 8 she pleaded to go home with her.

Sadly, Nikki insisted she wanted to be alone but had promised her mum she was going to go a recovery clinic in London a few days later.

"I was the last person to speak to Nikki," Sue shared. "On the day she died, she called me at 3.30am to tell me she’d made it to the bathroom with her new walking frame.

"I said, 'Well done Nikki, take it one step at a time.' She replied, 'I’m so tired, Mum.' I told her, 'It’s OK, Sausage. Close your eyes and go back to sleep.' She died in her sleep that night. I’d heard her final breaths," the mum-of-two added.

As family and friends gear up to pay tribute to the beautiful Nikki this week, Imogen also added to The Sun she will be marking the star's 40th birthday with an espresso martini on the beach in her honour.

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