Alexis Arquette Dies at 47

Alexis Arquette Dies at 47
Alexis Arquette, film star and transgender activist (and sibling to the similarly famous David, Patricia and Rosanna) passed away today (September 11) at the age of 47. The exact cause of death hasn't been announced, but it seems that the performer had battled an illness.

The sad news was confirmed by brother Richmond, who wrote 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. 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."

Alexis Arquette was born Robert Arquette and had roles in Last Exit to Brooklyn, Bride of Chucky, Threesome, Pulp Fiction, The Wedding Singer, Blended, Friends and Xena: Warrior Princess, among many other films and shows. Arquette was also on the celebrity reality show The Surreal Life in 2006 and was the subject of the 2007 gender reassignment documentary Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother.

UPDATE (9/11, 10 p.m. EDT): A statement from the family has been released online. Read it in its entirety below.


Since Arquette's passing, tributes have flooded in from siblings and stars. See some of the messages below.