Rebekah Shelton dead: Transgender Big Brother star previously known as Rodrigo Lopes dies 'unexpectedly' aged 32

Posted on Jan 12 2018 - 10:06am by admin

Rebekah Shelton has died aged 32Rebekah Shelton has died aged 32 [Rebekah Shelton / Twitter]

Transgender reality star Rebekah Shelton has died aged 32.

Rebekah starred on Big Brother with the name Rodrigo Lopes in 2009, before her gender surgery.

An official statement posted from her Twitter account during the early hours of Friday morning confirmed the heartbreaking news.

Rodrigo Lopes was evicted during the Final Big Brother series 10 in 2009Rebekah Shelton, previously known as Rodrigo Lopes, was evicted during the final of Big Brother series 10 in 2009 [Getty]

Rebekah Shelton died 'unexpectedly' aged 32Rebekah Shelton died ‘unexpectedly’ aged 32 [Instagram]

It read: “We’re sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night.”

“We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.”

The Brazilian appeared in Big Brother as Rodrigo Lopes in 2009 but began living as Rebekah Shelton in 2012.

Rebekah's official Twitter account confirmed her deathRebekah’s official Twitter account confirmed her death [Rebekah Shelton / Twitter]

Former BB housemate Rodrigo underwent his sex change and complete transition to become Rebekah in 2014.

The reality star announced she’d been under the knife in her home country and had become a fully-fledged woman, on September 18 2015.

The blonde took to Twitter at the time to share the news with her adoring fans and wrote: “I’ve had my sex change in Rio with Dr Marcio Littleton.”

Rebekah appeared on Judge Rinder last year to try and claim money back for a botched boob jobRebekah appeared on Judge Rinder last year to try and claim money back for a botched boob job [ITV]

Rebekah later opened up about how she went through cosmetic surgery hell, revealing: ”One of my new boobs turned black.”

The reality star underwent the final stage of her gender reassignment surgery in early 2015, but wasn’t entirely happy with the size of her breasts.

She had her boob job on a budget at a clinic in Brazil, which soon led to the reality star finding herself battling a major infection.

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