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Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton passes away suddenly aged 32

Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton passes away suddenly aged 32

Big Brother has paid tribute to former housemate Rebekah Shelton, who has died aged 32.

The Brazilian, 32, who changed her name from Rodrigo Lopes after a sex change in 2014, featured on the reality TV show in 2009.

"We ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time", the tweet concluded.

Shelton's Twitter account revealed that she experienced illness in 2014.

And a fourth added: 'God, how bad!

"I'm so sorry", replied one Twitter user. "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.

Giving her advice to others who may be in a similar situation, she said: "I would say to them, don't look at me and think, oh she looks fantastic, I want to be like her".

Sadly, Rebekah is the second Big Brother 10 housemate to pass away.

"Oh no.so so sorry to hear this, she was lovely to me on here. Xx", a tweet reads.

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She hit the headlines for an on/off relationship with co-star Charlie Drummond in the Big Brother house. "I remember watching her on Big Brother a few years ago and I loved her personality".

"When I met him, I was not 100% sure [about transitioning]".

"People think it's easy, "Oh she looks good now, can go out and have sex and get married" but people don't know the journey I've been through". My dad is finding it hard - even though he loves me.

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

Shelton also admitted that the romance marked the first time someone else saw her as she saw herself.

"You can't see what I've been through; you can't see my heart or feelings".

She said: "He saw me as a woman, the person I am".

The star appeared on an episode of Judge Rinder in 2016, where she spoke about going through the "worst three years" of her life.

She told OK!: 'My advice to anyone considering transition would be think very carefully about your decision.


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