Transgender Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton has died ‘unexpectedly’.
The Brazilian, 32, who changed her name from Rodrigo Lopes after a sex change in 2014, featured on the reality TV show in 2009.
She had previously revealed she turned to prostitution for six months and felt ‘isolated’.
A statement posted from her Twitter account read: ‘We’re sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night.
Ms Shelton’s devastated fans rallied around after seeing the statement posted online.
One commented: ‘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. This is heartbreaking.’
Another replied to the message and said they would remember her as ‘one of the most loveable BB housemates’.
A third said: ‘So, so sorry to hear this, she was lovely to me on here. Sorry for your loss.’
She recently she made an appearance on ITV’s Judge Rinder where she appeared to try and claim money back for a botched boob job.
Last year, she said she was struggling to cope because she felt so isolated after turning to prostitution.
She said: “At one point before my surgery I had to leave home, and for six months of my life I turned to prostitution.
‘So many times I wanted to kill myself because I had no one to talk to.’
Speaking about her surgery in 2014, she told her fans: ‘I’ve had my sex change in Rio with Dr Marcio Littleton.’
She then went on to speak in detail about her new female organ.
She hit the headlines for an on/off relationship with co-star Charlie Drummond in the Big Brother house.
She started living as a woman in 2012. She began by dressing up in heels on nights’ out and wearing friends’ clothes and was advised to live as a woman for a year before making a decision about surgery.