Transgender Actress Alexis Arquette Dies At 47

Posted: Sep 12 2016, 8:12am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 12 2016, 8:15am CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News

Transgender Actress Alexis Arquette Dies at 47
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Alexis Arquette was best known for her role in "Pulp Fiction" and "The Wedding Singer"

Alexis Arquette, actress and transgender activist, died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles. She was 47.

Arquett’s official cause of death has not yet been released but media reports suggest that she died following lengthy illness.

Alexis was the sibling of actors Patricia, David, Rosanna and Richmond Arquette and was best known for her roles in movie “The Wedding Singer” and “Pulp Fiction.” Arquette family posted a statement on Facebook on Sunday, confirming the death of the actress.

“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.” Statement reads.

“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.”

Born Robert Arquette, Alexis started her acting career at age 12 and appeared in a music video for Tubes “She’s a Beauty” while she made her big screen debut with 1989 drama film “Last Exit to Brooklyn.” Arquette appeared in small roles in several movies including 1994 movies “Threesome” and “Pulp Fiction”, 1998 “The Wedding Singer” and 1998 “The Bride of Chucky.” She made her last movie appearance in 2014 romantic comedy “Blended.”

Arquette transitioned from male to female in her late 30s. Her transition and process of sex reassignment surgery was documented in 2007 film “Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother.” Arquette was a vocal supporter of transgender rights.

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