The reality star shot to fame on Big Brother in 2009
Former Big Brother housemate, Rebekah Shelton has tragically died aged just 32.
The Brazilian star – who shot to fame on the 2009 series of the reality TV show as Rodrigo Lopes – passed away on Wednesday night.
It’s currently unclear what caused the reality star’s sudden death, but the sad news was announced on her Twitter page in the early hours of Friday morning.
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‘We’re sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday nigh’, it read.
‘We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.’
And fans of the actress and reality star were quick pay tribute to Rebekah and send their condolences to her family.
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‘OMG… Such sad News…. what a way to leave the world being who you truly are finally having being hidden in the wrong body!! Such a role model to many and great laughs on Big Brother. RIP Rebekah’, said one follower.
Another replied: ‘Oh no. This is heartbreaking news. Love and prayers to you all.’
While a third wrote: ‘My prayers and thoughts to Rebekah and her entire family’.
And a fourth added: ‘God, how awful! I’m so sorry. I remember watching her on Big Brother a few years ago and I loved her personality. And she achieved so much through her transition.’
Rebekah joined the Big Brother house back in 2009 as Brazilian student, Rodrigo Lopes and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2014 after two years of living as a woman.
After announcing the news on Twitter, Rebekah later opened up about how her transition had affected her.
‘I am the happiest I’ve ever been in myself, but I lost so much along the way’, she told OK! magazine at the time.
‘I lost friends, it divided my family and I had to undergo 16 surgeries. I’m not sure what I would do if I could go back in time.’
Rebekah also previously admitted that she had turned to prostitution after being forced to leave her home in Brazil and candidly spoke about having suicidal thoughts after falling out with her friends and family.
Our thoughts are with Rebekah’s loved ones at this sad time.
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