Alexis Arquette died this weekend. The transgender star and activist was 47 years old. Brother Richmond confirmed the news on Facebook: Alexis died while listening to David Bowie's music. A press release by sister, actress Patricia Arquette, shares the family’s grief and pride in what Alexis stood for as a trans icon:
“Our sister, Alexis Arquette, passed away this morning, September 11th, 2016. Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor…Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman. Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical.” Alexis appeared on several film and TV roles including Friends, The Wedding Singer and Pulp Fiction.
The post goes on to say, “Alexis was born as Robert, our brother. We loved him the moment he arrived… As Alexis transitioned into being a woman, she taught us tolerance and acceptance. As she moved through her process, she became our sister, teaching us what real love is.” Patricia continues, “She fiercely lived her reality in a world where it is dangerous to be a trans person.”
The post is signed by the Arquette family: Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia and brother David.
Brother David Arquette shared his thoughts on Twitter as well. “Thank you all for your love and kind words about Alexis. My hero for eternity.”
David’s ex-wife, actress Courteney Cox, also added her condolences. “My heart goes out to anyone who was lucky enough to know Alexis. We will love and miss you forever.”
The cause of death has not been determined. According to TMZ, she had been battling an illness.