Actress And Transgender Pioneer Alexis Arquette Has Died

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Actress, musician and trans trailblazer Alexis Arquette is dead at the age of 47.

A versatile, talented and fearless performer and personality, Alexis (of the famous Arquette clan) established a unique body of work that occurred before and after her public transition. She appeared in films like Pulp Fiction, The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky, as well providing a candid look at her journey in the 2007 documentary Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. Alexis’ brother Richmond Arquette confirmed news of her death on Facebook.

“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,” stated Richmond. “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.”

It is unclear what the cause of death was, but TMZ claims they’ve spoken with sources that say Alexis was battling an illness. Her sister Patricia marked Alexis’ passing with a pair of tweets.

We aim to pass along any additional information as it arrives.

(Via Variety)