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.
To My first best friend - Cosmic Dancer https://t.co/jgAqLrqxW0— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 11, 2016
Breaking through the veil singing StarMan https://t.co/A3way5S3Lb— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 11, 2016
Thank you all for your love and kind words about Alexis. My hero for eternity pic.twitter.com/Z18xLtYTBv— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) September 11, 2016
R.I.P my sister Alexis Arquette. Another bright light gone out far too soon. Love to the family and all that loved Alexis.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) September 11, 2016
My heart goes out to anyone who was lucky enough to know Alexis.— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) September 11, 2016
We will love and miss you forever.
hail hail a vagenius has vacated this realm! RIP Alexis Arquette. this picture is backstage of my 1999 talk show. pic.twitter.com/pj7Zo8duvC— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) September 11, 2016