Alexis Arquette, transgender activist and actress, died at age 47 today, Sunday, September 11, 2016. The news was shared by her brother Richmond Arquette.
"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."
Alexis, who was born Robert Arquette, was the sibling of actors Richmond, Rosanna, Patricia and David Arquette. Her transition from male to female was documented in the 2007 film Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother. Alexis' cause of death has not been confirmed. – usmagazine.com
With the news of Lady Chablis still fresh in our hearts, we lose another star from our community. Our thoughts are with her Alexis's friends and family.
Boy George, who inspired Alexis' character in the 1998 Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy The Wedding Singer, posted a tribute to the actress on Twitter, writing, "R.I.P my sister Alexis Arquette. Another bright light gone out far too soon. Love to the family and all that loved Alexis."
Here is one of the scenes Alexis had in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer.
One of my strongest memories of Alexis Arquette is when she told it like it was on The Surreal Life in 2009. She was always a powerful person and didn't put up with shit. Just another reason why we loved her.
Also in 2009, Alexis takes to the Larry King Show to help us understand transgender and transitioning a little better.
Alexis Arquette is one of the panel members on Larry King, guest hosted by Dr. Drew Pinksy. Transgender and the changing of one's body to the opposite sex is the subject and Alexis presents herself with class, clarity, dignity and intelligence. – youtube.com
There are many of our friends in the north that are remembering the iconic Toronto drag queen Chris Edwards, who passed away Sept 6, 2016. With Arquette, this makes for three large personalities we have lost within a weeks time. Head over to DailyXtra.com for a great remembrance piece on Chris Edwards.