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Former Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton has died, aged 32

Transgender Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton, who appeared on the reality show as Rodrigo Lopes, has died at the age of 32.

Shelton appeared on the show during its Channel 4 run in 2009, where she eventually finished in fifth place.

A statement from her personal Twitter account said: “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.”

Shelton began living as a woman in 2012, after successfully undergoing gender transition surgery in 2012.

“I’ve had to fight for acceptance. I was not born wanting to be a transsexual, or a boy, or a straight boy, or a girl,” she previously said of her transition.

“I think my appearance on the show [Big Brother] helped me to get to know myself better.

“It gave me the acceptance I had been looking for my entire life – I started dressing like the girls, and I felt like I was getting to know myself better with every new piece of clothing.”

In 2014, Shelton also recovered after she fell into a coma following the discovery of a brain tumour which was later removed.

Paying tribute, former Big Brother’s Bit On The Side host hailed Shelton as a ‘lovely lady.’

“This is such sad, sad news. Had the pleasure of her company on bbbots a few times. A lovely lady who travelled a turbulent journey. I hope she sleeps well”, he wrote.


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