Rebekah Shelton died ‘unexpectedly’ aged 32 [Instagram]
Devastated stars have paid tribute following transgender Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton’s tragic death aged just 32.
Rebekah starred on series 10 of now-channel 5 series with the name Rodrigo Lopes, before her gender surgery.
An official statement posted from her Twitter account, followed by 20k followers, during the early hours of Friday morning confirmed the heartbreaking news.
It read: “We’re sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night.”
Rebekah’s official Twitter account confirmed her death [Rebekah Shelton / Twitter]
They added: “We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.”
Following the news a whole host of celebrities have paid tribute…
Big Brother’s official Twitter account posted: “So sad to hear that Rebekah Shelton, who appeared in BBUK 2009 as Rodrigo Lopes, has passed away aged just 32.
“Our thoughts are with her friends and family, from everyone here at Big Brother UK.”
Brian Belo paid tribute to Rebekah Shelton [Twitter/ Brian Belo]
Rylan Clark-Neal wrote on Twitter: “RIP Rebekah” with a love heart emoji.
Brian Belo, who won Big Brother series 8 in 2007, wrote: “I’m sad to hear about the passing of Rebekah Shelton from Big Brother 10 UK.
“Rebekah was a lovely person.”
Devastated Gerry Stergiopoulous, who also starred in series 8, added: “For ten years Rebekah Shelton has always been there for me.
“Right now I’m feeling devastated.
“Hope I will wake up soon and this was all just a bad dream.”