Nikki Grahame’s family reportedly believe she was discharged from hospital too soon amid her anorexia battle and was not ready to have treatment at home.
The late Big Brother star spent three weeks in Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester before she left on April 9.
Her body was discovered the next day in her London home with those close to her now believing the 38-year-old was discharged too early.
Heartbreaking: Nikki Grahame’s family reportedly believe she was discharged from hospital too soon amid her anorexia battle and was not ready to have treatment at home
A source told The Sun: ‘Those close to Nikki feel she would be alive today if she wasn’t discharged so soon.
‘Her family feel she wasn’t strong enough physically to care for herself. It’s left them shocked and heartbroken.’
MailOnline has contacted Dorset County Hospital for comment.
Nikki had struggled with anorexia for much of her life and was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at age 12.
Family: The late Big Brother star spent three weeks in Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester before she left on April 9 (pictured with her mother Sue)
Earlier this week, Nikki’s friends reactivated her fundraiser to help her heartbroken family pay for her funeral and help others with eating disorders.
The fundraiser was initially set up a month ago by Nikki’s friends and raised £65,000 for the Big Brother star to have specialist treatment for her eating disorder.
Her friends posted the following message on her page: ‘We just wanted to let you know that we are turning donations back on for anyone that would like to make a donation in Nikki’s memory, as lots of people have been asking if they can still donate.
‘An amount will be used for the funeral costs and the remaining funds will be used to go towards an organisation that helps those suffering with eating disorders, the crucial funding that has been lacking to help people in these awful situations has not been addressed, we will use this money to the best of our ability to try and stem this horrific, debilitating illness.
Statement: The Big Brother icon died just one month after her friends started a GoFundMe page for anorexia treatment
‘We also would like to thank people who have sent private messages with lovely words about Nikki, she would be so thankful.’
The charity hasn’t yet been selected but tributes and donations continued to pour in from heartbroken fans.
It comes after it was revealed Nikki’s loved ones believed her health was improving ahead of her tragic death – leaving them in total shock.
Nikki also assured her friends she was ‘all good’ in a harrowing final Facebook post just before she entered a hospital for her eating disorder.
Iconic: Nikki became a Big Brother icon when she appeared on the reality show in 2006
An insider explained that due to a lack of beds Nikki had been discharged and was due to attend a specialist clinic but tragically never made it.
The source told MailOnline: ‘She was discharged from a general hospital where she’d been for three weeks [but] there wasn’t a bed available on an eating disorder unit, NHS or private…
‘They deemed her well enough after she’d put on weight and was in good spirits…
‘Her loved ones pleaded with them not to as she wasn’t ready and was then supposed to enter a private outpatient clinic from this Monday, she sadly never got to and died within 24 hours of leaving hospital.’
Nikki’s final Facebook post was on February 27, when she uploaded a snap of a vase of roses, thanking the sender for gifting them to her.
Asked by a friend in the comments, Nikki’s last-ever Facebook activity saw her reply: ‘All good darling.’
The star, who shot to fame on the 2006 series of Big Brother, began suffering from anorexia as a child.
After first being admitted to an eating disorder unit at the age of eight, she was force-fed through a tube, and has caused long-term damage to her oesophagus from years of purging.
A source went on to The Sun: ‘Given the severity of Nikki’s condition and the strain already put on her body from 30 years of battling anorexia, there were major reservations about scaling back her care.
‘Although there were concerns that Nikki still needed heightened care, she did seem to be doing relatively well and her discharge was a cause for cautious optimism among her inner circle.
‘Nikki, unfortunately, had suffered many relapses in her life, but this time she was more determined than ever to get better and the outpouring of support buoyed her.
‘That she lost her battle when she appeared to be moving in the right direction made her passing all the more shocking and heartbreaking.’
‘It’s been really, really hard’: Her mother Sue recently claimed her daughter’s 30-year battle with anorexia worsened because of the coronavirus pandemic (pictured together)