Miriam Rivera, the star of the controversial reality show There’s Something About Miriam, has died aged 38.
The Mexican model, who became one of the first transgender reality stars on the Sky One show, was found dead in February.
And her husband Daniel Cuervo alleges Miriam died in suspicious circumstances, after she was found hanged in Mexico.
Cuervo, based in New York City, told the Daily Mail Australia that he believed her suicide was staged because she refused sex work.
He said: ‘On the morning of February 5, Miriam called me [in New York] from Mexico, telling me she was feeling sick and vomiting blood, so I told her to get to the hospital.
‘She called me again before leaving the hospital at 12pm and that was the last time we spoke.’
Two hours later, Miriam was found dead at her home. Mr Cuervo allegedly tried to have her body flown to New York City, but she had already been cremated.
On 25 February, Miriam’s friend Jeanett Ørtoft paid tribute to the model, sharing a string of pictures on Facebook.
She wrote: ‘RIP, dearest Miriam❤️ The news about you been taken away from this world far too early and in this way broke my heart and left me in shock and tears. You made a huge different for me and so many other people around this planet, that you made significantly more colourful. Your life was too short, but you sure made it remarkable.
‘I feel deeply grateful that you let me into your heart, mind and life, that was all outstanding! Thanks for all our great memories that will always stay with me. We had plans about creating more this year, and I can’t believe I will never see you again. At least not on this side. You were the shiniest star on earth, now you’re the most shiny in heaven.
‘Condolences to all your beloved ones.’
Jeanett also shared a picture of Miriam’s funeral, which saw her picture standing beside a flower-laden coffin.
Miriam, using the surname Rivera De Cuervo, had last posted on her own Facebook on 15 December.
The star shot to fame in 2004 when the dating show There’s Something About Miriam aired, a year after it was filmed due to delays from the male competitors filing a lawsuit.
The premise of the show saw a group of men trying to win the affections of Miriam, then 21, before she told them she was born a man in the final episode.
Miriam told Tom Rooke: ‘I tried to be honest with all of you, not just some of you. Yes, I am from Mexico, I am a model, and I’m 21. But Tom, I really love spending time with you and kissing you. You see, I love men, and I love being a woman.
‘But… shh, quiet everybody, please, quiet. But you see, Tom… I am not a woman. I was born as a man.’
Rooke accepted the prize money and a holiday with Miriam on camera, but later rejected the prize and joined the other contestants in a lawsuit, accusing the show of inflicting psychological and emotional damage.
Miriam went on to have a stint on Big Brother Australia in 2004.
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