Alexis Arquette: Actress dies aged 47

The actress and transgender rights activist has died peacefully surrounded by her family

Siobhan Fenton@SiobhanFenton
Sunday 11 September 2016 20:34
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Alexis Arquette dies aged 47

Actress Alexis Arquette has reportedly died age 47.

She was best known for her appearances in films including Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer. Her siblings David and Patricia Arquette also became successful actors.

The transgender actress was also involved in LGBT activism and documented her transition in a 2007 documentary entitled ‘Alex Arquette: She’s My Brother’.

Her brother Richmond Arquette announced her death in a post on his Facebook page, Hollywood Reporter reports. He wrote: “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.”

It is understood she had been suffering from a serious long-term illness, however the exact cause of her death is not yet known.

Tributes have been paid to the star, including by singer Boy George who tweeted: “RIP my sister Alexis Arquette. Another bright light gone out far too soon. Love to the family and all that loved Alexis.”

Comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted: “Hail hail a vagenius has vacated this realm. RIP Alexis Arquette.”

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