Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton passes away suddenly aged 32

Big Brother Star Rebekah Shelton Dies 'Unexpectedly' Aged 32

Rebekah Shelton dead: Big Brother star formerly known as Rodrigo Lopes dies aged 32

The official Twitter page of "Big Brother" paid tribute to the former housemate: "So sad to hear that Rebekah Shelton, who appeared in #BBUK 2009 as Rodrigo Lopes, has passed away aged just 32".

"We're sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night", a tweet from her personal account read.

The Big Brother star's account had previously tweeted saying that the Brazilian woman had died "unexpectedly" and asked people to respect her family's privacy.

However, in a video rebuttal to reports of her death, Shelton said: "I've been through hell today because someone used my Twitter account to write that stupid status about me".

She appeared on the show as a man, but after she left she went through transition and said that it was sparked when she met a man she was in love with.

"This person can't accept the fact that I'm happy, that I overcame all of my problems, and that I'm finally living my life happy".

"I'm on holiday. I'm in Arabia and I'm not dead".

Big Brother Star Rebekah Shelton Dies 'Unexpectedly' Aged 32

Sending all my love to her family and friends.

"I've been through the worst three years of my life, been through 16 surgeries, suffered so much".

"I would say think twice, go for some therapy and wait to see if you really want it".

In her video, recorded in a hotel room, she said: 'Hi everyone, I would like to kindly ask.

Rebekah started her transition in 2012 and underwent gender reassignment surgery two years later. However, in a freakish turn of events, it turns out that the star is very much alive, and she's currently just on holiday right now. She also briefly starred in an episode of "Hollyoaks".

She said: 'At one point before my surgery I had to leave home, and for six months of my life I turned to prostitution. I wanted to kill myself.

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