Actress Alexis Arquette Has Died at Age 47

Alexis Arquette, who was a member of the Arquette family of actors, passed away today.

Alexis Arquette
Alexis Arquette in 2012 (AMANDA EDWARDS/WIREIMAGE)

Alexis Arquette passed away today after battling a currently unknown illness. Alexis’s family spoke about their sibling’s death today on social media.

Arquette’s brother Richmond posted on Facebook saying, “Alexis passed away 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.”


Alexis was a transgender woman who transitioned in 2007. Her experiences were documented in the film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. According to her family, Alexis’s gender was fluid. Her brother Richmond referred to her as “our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis.”

Richmond Arquette Post

Many celebrities took to social media to express their sadness at the passing of Alexis, including her siblings, Patricia and David Arquette.

Most of the details surrounding Arquette’s death are still currently unknown. In a statement shared with People, the Arquette family remembers their sibling.

“In the days leading to her death, she told us she was already visiting the other side, and that where she was going, there was only one gender. That on the other side, we are free from all of the things that separate us in this life, and that we are all one. She passed away surrounded by love. We held her and sang her David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ as she punched through the veil to the other side. We washed her body in rose petals and surrounded her with flowers.

“Alexis always had to do everything first. She left before we were ready to let her go. We are all heartbroken that she is no longer with us, but we are grateful for the grace and kindness we were all shown during this difficult time. We are comforted by the fact that Alexis came into our family and was our brother and then our sister, and that she gave us so much love. We will love you always, Alexis. We know we were the lucky ones.”

The family also asks for privacy and that the public send donations to LGBTQ advocacy groups instead of sending flowers or gifts.

“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.”

The statement was signed by all four Arquette siblings – David, Patricia, Richmond and Rosanna.



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