Alexis Arquette, the transgender actress who was part of Hollywood’s Arquette acting family, passed away on Sunday morning. She was 47. Arquette’s siblings, Patricia, David, Rosanna and Richmond, have confirmed her passing. Though the family has requested privacy at this time, and is not disclosing a cause of death, they did share an extensive statement about the life Alexis Arquette led.
Alexis Arquette joins a list of other trailblazers who have died this year, according to the Inquisitr.Prince also passed this year, back in April, with a vault full of music he will never record due to his Percocet/opiate addiction and overdose. Though it is being mentioned that Alexis Arquette had been fighting a “lengthy illness,” there is no official cause of death.
Actress Alexis Arquette has died aged 47 https://t.co/TFZNdjiv8E
— The Independent (@Independent) September 11, 2016
People Magazine shared a message written and signed by all of the surviving Arquette siblings as a celebration of the life of Alexis Arquette.
“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor. She starred in movies like Last Exit to Brooklyn, Pulp Fiction, Jumpin’ at the Boneyard, Of Mice and Men, The Wedding Singer, and The Bride of Chucky. 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. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people.”
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The Arquette family explains that even though Alexis was born Robert Arquette, they learned from her during her transition.
“Alexis was born as Robert, our brother. We loved him the moment he arrived. But he came in as more than a sibling – he came as our great teacher. 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.”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) September 12, 2016
The Arquette family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to LGBTQ charities.
“The family asks that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations please be sent to organizations that support the LGBTQ community in honor of Alexis Arquette. Please respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”
— Ricky Rebel (@RickyRebelRocks) September 12, 2016
Sister Patricia Arquette has referred to Alexis Arquette as her first best friend, and took to social media to praise Alexis’ life, per Hollywood Life.
“Breaking through the veil with StarMan.”
Brother Richmond Arquette also shared the news of Alexis Arquette’s passing on Facebook, saying that though Alexis was born Robert, it made no difference to the rest of the Arquette family. Richmond also shared that Alexis was surrounded by her extended family who were there for her transition to the next life.
“[Alexis] 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,” Richmond wrote on Facebook.
Patricia Arquette says goodbye to her sister Alexis in super emotional tweet to her "first best friend." https://t.co/7j5ge65fGe
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) September 12, 2016
The Arquette family used Alexis’ favorite music to ease her passing, but the loss is still being felt deeply by the Arquette clan. Alexis Arquette was a pioneer, and will be remembered as such by the transgender community. NBC News says that Alexis was known to live her life fiercely in “a world that was not ready to accept transgender people.”
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