Imogen Thomas shares heartbreaking tribute to ‘unbelievably strong’ best friend Nikki Grahame: ‘I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you’

Imogen Thomas has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her “unbelievably strong” best friend Nikki Grahame after her death.

The Big Brother star has passed away after checking in to a private hospital last month with anorexia.

Imogen, who appeared alongside Nikki on the hit reality show in 2006, took to social media to share her devastation, describing the TV star as “special and so beautiful”.

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“I have no words. I miss talking to you everyday. I miss your funny personality. I miss you impressions. I miss your tantrums. I MISS YOU. I’m utterly broken,” Imogen, 38, wrote alongside a reel of photos of the pair together.

“My best friend…You were special and so beautiful. you were kind and funny. It went to far and I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you. We all tried so hard. Now your gone too early. You had so much more to give.

“You were unbelievably strong. I take comfort in all those memories we made, those epic holidays, those crazy all dayers, just sitting at home listening to Old Skool music. I will cherish them forever.

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Imogen added that her daughters, Ariana and Siera, will “always remember” Nikki.

“Im sorry my angel,” she added.

Imogen then took to her Instagram story to share another recent snap of the pair together, writing: “Thank you for all your messages. Need time to grieve over my best friend. We tried everything to beat that soul destroying illness. I’m broken.

“Please hold the ones u love close and tell them you love them. Life is too short. There was nothing m ore we could do to save Nikki. I will take some time out of social media, thank you again for your messages… Nik would be so touched. [sic]

“I’m sorry Nik. I love you.”

It was confirmed on Saturday 10 April that Nikki had sadly passed away, as celebrities paid tribute to a “TV icon”.

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A statement from Nikki's representative said: “It is with immeasurable sadness that Nikki Grahame passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April 2021.

“Please respect the privacy of Nikki's friends and family at this tragic and difficult time.”

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