Alexis Arquette Has Died At 47

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Image via Getty.

Alexis Arquette, a transgender actress best known for her work in The Wedding Singer and Pulp Fiction, died on Sunday morning at the age of 47. Her brother, Richmond Arquette, announced the news in a Facebook post. Via People:

“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,” Richmond, 53, wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. “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 him/her and to be loved by him/her. 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 incredibly 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 love you always.”

Arquette was part of a family of famous siblings, including Rosanna, David and Patricia Arquette, the latter of whom tweeted the below video Sunday morning.


Born Robert Arquette, Alexis’ transition was documented in the 2007 film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.

It’s unclear what caused Arquette’s death, though TMZ reports that she was battling a long illness.

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Kat Marlowe

For those curious about the brother/sister/brother reference in the statement. From David Arquette on Kocktails with Khloe:

“She was like, ‘Yeah, sometimes I’ll be a man, sometimes I’ll be a woman. I like to refer to myself as gender suspicious.”

David also admitted to host Khloe Kardashian that he was confused by this statement. “I said, ‘You’re my sister and brother?’” he recalled asking. “[Alexis] said, ‘It depends on how I’m dressed.’”