Known for her roles in The Wedding Singer and Pulp Fiction, Hollywood-star and transgender-activist Alexis Arquette has passed away at 47. While the cause of her death has not been revealed, her family confirmed that she died listening to “Starman” by David Bowie this morning. Alexis Arquette had told her family in the days prior to her death that “she was already visiting the other side, and that where she was going, there was only one gender,” according to the family.
“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 Arquette wrote in statement. “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.”
Boy George, who Arquette impersonated in The Wedding Singer, wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear of the passing of Alexis Arquette who played me in ‘The Wedding Singer’, my thoughts are with his family. R.I.P sister!”
Arquette is best known as the sister of David and Patricia Arquette and made her break in Hollywood in the film Last Exit in Brooklyn and appeared in dozens more including Pulp Fiction.
Born as Robert Arquette, Alexis became one of the first in Hollywood to openly transition and announced in 2006 that she’s transgender. Her transition was followed in the documentary Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. [NYP]
Arquette sent shock waves throughout Hollywood with her reaction to this year’s #oscarssowhite, and her pointed comments toward Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
“When Jada comes out as gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked in to him … servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina … then I will listen to them,” Arquette wrote on Facebook “‘She’ being his FIRST Wife. Paid off, silent,” she added.