Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress and Activist, Dies at 47

She is survived by famous siblings Patricia, Rosanna, Richmond and David Arquette

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Alexis Arquette, a transgender actress and activist most noted for her work in “The Wedding Singer,” died on Sunday at age 47.

“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,” Alexis’ brother Richmond wrote on Facebook Sunday morning. Although the post has since been removed, a screen shot can be seen here.

It was unclear why Richmond referred to Alexis with a male pronoun, or said she became “our brother Alexis.”

No cause of death was disclosed.

“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 — whose transition from Robert to Alexis was documented in the 2007 film, “Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother” — was born into a Hollywood dynasty that began with her grandfather Cliff Arquette (known as Charlie Weaver to fans of the classic game show “Hollywood Squares”), her producer-father Lewis, sisters Patricia (“CSI: Cyber”) and Rosanna (“Crash”) and brothers Richmond (“Made of Honor) and David (“Scream”).

“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,” Richmond continued.

“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 incredible 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 always love you.”