Alexis Arquette, a transgender activist and actress best known for her role in The Wedding Singer, has passed away.

She was just 47 years old.
Alexis, a pioneer in the LGBT community, was originally known as Robert. Her brother Richmond Arquette confirmed the star’s passing earlier today.

He wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday morning:

“Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning.”

Alexis died September 11, at 12:32 a.m.

“He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones,” Richmond wrote.

Describing Alexis’ final moments, he said: “We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie’s Starman.”


“As per his wishes,” Richmond added, fittingly, “we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.”

Tragic as the circumstances are, that’s an awesome, uplifting and inspiring attitude for someone about to leave this world.

Alexis’ brother echoed that sentiment in his moving tribute:

“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.”


“Thank you, Alexis,” Richmond added, signing off on his emotional public tribute. “I love you and will always love you.”

“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.”

Pretty moving stuff, to say the absolute least.

Sister Patricia Arquette, 48, also paid tribute with two tweets of Alexis’ favorite songs: David Bowie’s “Starman” and T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer.”

“Breaking through the veil singing StarMan,” the Academy Award winner tweeted, adding: “To My first best friend – Cosmic Dancer.”


Fans, friends and colleagues alike have taken to social media to mourn this tragic loss of another star gone too soon from this world.

Boy George, who inspired Alexis’ character in the 1998 hit comedy The Wedding Singer, posted a tribute online as well:

“R.I.P my sister Alexis Arquette. Another bright light gone out far too soon.”

“Love to the family and all that loved Alexis.”

Alexis’ cause of death has not been confirmed as of this report, but more details are sure to follow in the coming hours and days.