Transgender activist and actress Alexis Arquette, sibling to actors Rosanna, David, and Patricia Arquette, has passed away at the age of 47, Alexis’ family says.
An unnamed source told People magazine that Alexis died from complications related to AIDS. TMZ reports that Alexis had been battling a lengthy illness. Alexis’ brother, Richmond Arquette, said on Facebook that his sibling “died as he lived, on his own terms.”
You can read Richard’s full statement about Alexis’ death below:
Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am. He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie’s Starman. As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.
I am feeling immense gratitude to have been afforded the luxury of sharing life with him/her, for learning from Alexis, for being given the gift of being able to love her/him and to be loved by him/her. He was a force.
He died as he lived, on his own terms. I am immensely grateful that it was fast and painless. It was an incredibly moving experience and I am humbled and grateful to have been able to have been with him as he began his journey onward.
Thank you, Alexis, I love you and will love you always.
Alexis Arquette was known for roles in Pulp Fiction, The Wedding Singer, and for being at the forefront of transgender civil rights.