Transgender actress Alexis Arquette, of the Arquette acting family, is dead

Actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette, of the famous Arquette acting family, has died at age 47. Her brother, Richmond, posted the news on Facebook and her brother-in-law Todd Morgan confirmed to CNN. Richmond's agent also confirmed the death to People.com.

"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," surrounded by loved ones, Richmond Arquette shared in a Facebook post.   "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."

Alexis' sister Patricia seemed to reference that sad moment in a tweet Sunday. "Breaking through the veil singing StarMan," she posted.

Alexis Arquette, who was born Robert, revealed that she was a transgender woman in 2006. Arquette was the subject of a 2007 documentary, She's My Brother, in which she underwent sexual reassignment surgery. Since Caitlyn Jenner transitioned, however, Alexis told her brother, actor David Arquette, that she was "gender suspicious," and would feel like both a man and woman at times. That's what David Arquette shared on an episode of Kocktails With Khloe.

Alexis is best known for playing a brief, but memorable role as the "Fourth Man" in Pulp Fiction and the Boy George-inspired character George in 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer.

Upon hearing the news of Arquette's passing, Boy George tweeted, "Another bright light gone out far too soon. Love to the family and all that loved Alexis."

Alexis "died as he lived, on his own terms," said Richmond Arquette in his Facebook post. "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."


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