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Nikki Grahame heartbreakingly said "life's so short" as she gave her final interview less than three months before her tragic death.
The 38 year old's death was confirmed at the weekend and followed a battle with anorexia which lasted over three decades.
She poignantly shared the message in her final interview, given in January, as she caught up with her Big Brother housemates in a virtual reunion.
The special was hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and saw Nikki join her ex-boyfriend Pete Bennett, as well as Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, Grace Adams-Short, Mikey Dalton, Glyn Wise, Bonnie Hunt, Jennie Corner, Lea Walker and Richard Newman, who she shot to fame alongside on the iconic Channel 4 show in 2006.
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The tragic star was asked about her friendship with former co-star Imogen Thomas, who she famously clashed with during her time in the Borehamwood mansion.
Speaking to Rylan — who won the celebrity spin-off of the reality show in 2013 — she said: "I'm really close with Imogen, actually.
"We're like, complete opposites. I didn't speak to Imogen for years. We hated each other.
"But, you know, I saw her at an event, and I just thought life's so short, you know? We made up, we became friends, and that was that."
Imogen was amongst the first to pay tribute to Nikki following her tragic death on Friday, calling her "unbelievably strong".
"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.
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"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 [sic].
"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.
Imogen added that her daughters, Ariana and Siera, will "always remember" Nikki, adding: "Im sorry my angel [sic]."
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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]."
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