Reality TV’s first transgender star, Mexican model Miriam Rivera, found dead aged 38

Reality TV’s first transgender star, Mexican model Miriam Rivera, found dead aged 38
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Posted on 9 Aug 2019

Reality TV's first transgender star, Miriam Rivera, has died. She was 38.


It’s been revealed that Rivera was found dead back in February, but the news has only just been made public.

The star of Sky One’s 2004 dating show, There's Something About Miriam, Mexican model Rivera spent the programme wooing six men on Ibiza before revealing the fact that she was trans.


The revelation caused massive controversy, with the male contestants claiming that the programme had had ‘a devastating effect’ on them, an experience for which they were awarded compensation. Sky One pulled the show as a result.

Rivera went on to appear in Big Brother Australia. Her husband, Daniel Cuervo, told Daily Mail Australia that she had been cremated before an autopsy could be carried out, and that he had received a death threat while organising her funeral.


Cuervo also revealed that he suspects foul play, claiming that her death may have been ‘passed off’ as a suicide after she refused to accept work as a prostitute.

 

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