It wasn't until five years later, in 2014, when the personality formerly known as Rodrigo underwent gender reassignment surgery to officially become Rebekah.
The news of her "death" was posted on her Twitter account and quickly prompted a deluge of tributes for the transgender reality TV contestant.
'We're sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night.
The Big Brother star's account had previously tweeted saying that the Brazilian woman had died "unexpectedly" and asked people to respect her family's privacy.
Big Brother commented: "So sad to hear that Rebekah Shelton, who appeared in #BBUK 2009 as Rodrigo Lopes, has passed away aged just 32".
However, Rebekah has posted a video in which she claims that her account was used by someone else who posted the false report and it's left her devastated.
"This person can't accept that I'm happy, that I overcome all my problems and that I'm finally living my life happy".
Rebekah captioned the shocking video: "I'm not dead! I was not born wanting to be a transsexual, or a boy, or a straight boy, or a girl", she explained.
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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's much madder than I could ever be - once, she tried to take her high heel and throw it in a man's face".
She also appeared on Judge Rinder past year, fighting for compensation after a "botched" boob job, which she'd had done in Brazil. It's a hard decision.
"I wasn't happy with the person I was..."
Big Brother legend Nikki Grahame went into the house during Rebekah's series as part of a task.
"You have to face your family, you have to face society, you have to face jobs because people don't give opportunities".
She said she'd spent a month in hospital and had little support from her family during her initial surgical transition process, leaving her feel very alone and isolated. I wanted to kill myself because it was a nightmare'.