Stars have paid their respects to Alexis Arquette, who has died at the age of 47.
The actress and transgender activist – sibling of David, Rosanna and Patricia Arquette – passed away on Sunday morning. Cause of death is not yet known but reports suggest that Arquette had been battling a lengthy illness.
A press release written by Patricia – which suggests that Arquette returned to using male pronouns by the time of death – reads: “He died as he lived, on his own terms. 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.”
“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.”
Arquette appeared in films such as Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer and TV shows like Friends and Californication.
Stars such as Boy George and Lucy Lawless have pair tribute to Arquette. See below.
R.I.P my sister Alexis Arquette. Another bright light gone out far too soon. Love to the family and all that loved Alexis.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) September 11, 2016
Thank you all for your love and kind words about Alexis. My hero for eternity pic.twitter.com/Z18xLtYTBv
— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) September 11, 2016
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) September 11, 2016
RIP Alexis Arquette, your advocacy for transgender roles and for bringing diversity into the media will be missed! pic.twitter.com/nRL6gJXeJ3
— RJ Mitte (@RjMitte) September 12, 2016
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) September 11, 2016