Written by Melanie Burton, September 12, 2016

Alexis Arquette – transgender actress and activist and sister of Patricia and David Arquette – passed away surrounded by family and friends on Sunday September 11th, aged just 47. Her cause of death hasn’t been confirmed.

Her other brother Richmond Arquette confirmed the news on Facebook, writing: “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,” Richmond continued.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: (L-R) David Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Alexis Arquette, Richmond Arquette and Patricia Arquette attend the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles opening night gala at ArcLight Cinemas on April 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Siblings David, Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond and Patricia Arquette in 2014.

“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 incredible 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 always love you.”

Patricia also paid tribute to her, with two tweets of her favourite songs, David Bowie’s Starman and T. Rex’s Cosmic Dancer.

Alexis was born Robert Arquette, and her gender transition was documented in the 2007 film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.

Boy George, who inspired Alexis’ character in the movie The Wedding Singer, also posted a tribute to the actress on Twitter, writing, “R.I.P my sister Alexis Arquette. Another bright light gone out far too soon. Love to the family and all that loved Alexis.”

RIP Alexis.

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