Transgender actress Alexis Arquette dies at 47

By Karen Butler  |  Sept. 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Transgender actress Alexis Arquette died Sunday at the age of 47.

The Wedding Singer and Blended alum was the sibling of film stars Patricia Arquette, David Arquette and Rosanna Arquette.

People magazine confirmed Alexis' death with the agent of her brother Richmond, but the cause was not disclosed.

Richmond first announced his sister had died on Facebook.

"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," Richmond explained.

"I am feeling immense gratitude to have been afforded the luxury of sharing life with him/her, for learning from Alexis, for being given the gift of being able to love her/him and to be loved by him/her. He was a force. 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."

The Princess Bride icon Cary Elwes was quick to express his condolences to the Arquettes.

"Farewell #Alexis. May angels guide you on your journey. We will miss you. Sending all love to the #Arquette family Rosanna Arquette Patricia Arquette David Arquette Richmond Arquette #starman," Elwes said in a Facebook post.

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