Rebekah Shelton NOT dead: Former Big Brother star's 'been through hell after Twitter account was hacked’

Emma Powell
Speaking out: Rebekah Shelton: @MissRShelton

​Former Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton has revealed "I'm alive", after it was reported that she had died “unexpectedly”.

Here alleged death was announced in a statement posted on her Twitter account in the early hours of Friday morning.

The post read: “We’re sorry to inform every one 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.”

But Shelton has since posted a video from her holiday claiming her account was hacked by someone who “can’t accept that I am happy”.

She said: “I just want to kindly ask please stop spreading news that I’m dead because obviously I’m not. I’ve been through hell today because someone used my Twitter account to write that stupid statement about me.

“This person can’t accept that I am happy and I overcame all my problems and I am finally living my life happy. I am not dead.”

Announcement: Rebekah Shelton on Judge Rinder (ITV)

The original tweet, which has since been deleted, amassed hundreds of messages from fans including a tribute from the official Big Brother account. It was also reported by media organisations, including the Evening Standard.

They 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.”

Brazilian Shelton starred on Big Brother as Rodrigo Lopes, finishing in fifth place, before undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2014.

She later opened up about her transition in an interview with OK!, saying her parents struggled to accept her new identity.