"Big Brother" fans will best remember Brazil-born Rebekah - who took part in the show under her former name, Rodrigo Lopes - for her unabashed love of the Queen, as well as the United Kingdom in general, and brief romance with fellow housemate Charlie Drummond.
A statement on her Twitter account on the early hours of Friday morning (12 January) announced the tragic news that she had died "unexpectedly" two days earlier.
'We ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time'.
But Rebekah has now come forward to say her account was hacked and she's very much alive.
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She said: "Hi everyone, I would just like to ask everyone to stop spreading rumours that I'm dead because obviously I'm not".
"I've been through hell today, someone used my Twitter account to write that stupid status about me". This person can't accept the fact that I'm happy, that I overcame all my problems and that I'm finally living my life happily. However, in a freakish turn of events, it turns out that the star is very much alive, and she's currently just on holiday right now. I'm on holiday in Arabia and I'm not dead'.
'He saw me as a woman, the person I am.
"It was a big step to go full time as a woman".
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But previous year, the reality star admitted she was struggling to cope with the huge transition because she felt isolated.
"I lost friends, it divided my family and I had to undergo 16 surgeries". It's a hard decision. "And she achieved so much through her transition".
"I think my appearance on the show [Big Brother] helped me to get to know myself better. We haven't spoken for six months because I've chose to leave, but that was the turning point".
Speaking about her surgery in 2014, she told her fans: 'I've had my sex change in Rio with Dr Marcio Littleton'. It was a nightmare.
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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 incredible, I want to be like her".