Former Big Brother contestant Rebekah Shelton posts video confirming she's 'not dead'

Former Big Brother contestant Rebekah Shelton posts video confirming she's 'not dead'

Taking to Twitter she deleted the previous tweet in which her death was announced and replaced it with "I'm not dead!".

A tweet from former Big Brother housemate Rebekah Shelton yesterday claimed that the star had died. "We ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time".

However, in a video rebuttal to reports of her death, Shelton said: "I've been through hell today because someone used my Twitter account to write that stupid status about me".

Last year Rebekah spoke out about her struggles during transitioning.

"This person can't accept the fact that I'm happy, that I overcame all my problems and I'm finally living my life happily. I'm on holiday... and I am not dead".

She told Judge Rinder she received no calls from her family or visits.

"I've been through the worst three years of my life, been through 16 surgeries, suffered so much".

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Image caption Rebekah, appearing on Big Brother as Rodrigo

Shelton went on to undergo gender reassignment surgery in her home country in 2014.

And fans of the actress and reality star were quick pay tribute to Rebekah and send their condolences to her family.

She recalled, "There was a turning point - when I met someone in Brazil four years ago".

In her video, recorded in a hotel room, she said: 'Hi everyone, I would like to kindly ask.

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 unbelievable, I want to be like her".

Rebekah said she spent five days in intensive care and one month in hospital having her surgeries. I'm not sure what I would do if I could go back in time'. So many times I wanted to kill myself because I had no one to talk to. "It's different when you are having fun with your friends in the clubs, to changing your whole life and facing the rejection or acceptance of the world".