Transgender actress Alexis Arquette has died at 47


Actress and activist Alexis Arquette has died at the age of 47.

The transgender actress - sibling of actors David, Rosanna and Patricia Arquette - died on Sunday morning, her brother Richmond Arquette wrote on Facebook.

He said the actress, who appeared in films including Pulp Fiction and Last Exit To Brooklyn, died while listening to David Bowie's music.

The post said: "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."

Rosanna, Alexis and Patricia Arquette Cropped (Chris Pizzello/AP/PA)
Rosanna, Alexis and Patricia Arquette (Chris Pizzello/AP/PA)

It continued: "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."

A cause of death was not given.

Alexis made her film debut in Down And Out In Beverly Hills in 1986 but landed her first significant role as a transvestite in Last Exit To Brooklyn in 1989. Other film roles included The Wedding Singer and Lords Of Dogtown.

She transitioned to being a woman in 2006. Her experience was documented in Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother, which screened at Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. The actress went on to become an activist for transgender rights.

Boy George was among the stars to express condolences following news of Alexis's death.