Transgender actress and activist Alexis Arquette dies

  • Transgender actress Alexis Arquette passed away from complications of AIDS
  • She died surrounded by loved ones, listening to David Bowie’s song Starman
  • Arquette had become a transgender rights activist during her lifetime

Transgender actress and activist Alexis Arquette died ofcomplications from multiple ailments including AIDS, at the age of 47.

Arquette, who appeared in a number of films and also worked as a cabaret singer, is a member of the Arquette celebrity siblings. Her brothers and sisters  Rosanna, Patricia, Richmond, and David Arquette are all actors.

Her brother confirmed the news through social media; detailing that she was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her death.

“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,” he wrote, as previously quoted by the Mirror.

Meanwhile, a former boyfriend, Robert Dupont told Radar Online that the transgender actress had battled a number of ailments and died from complications of AIDS, and had been living again as a man prior to passing away.

“Alexis was living with AIDS and he had an inoperable tumor and he had developed an infection. I was told that went to his liver and throughout his body,” Dupont explained.

Alexis had transitioned to being a woman in 2006 during her 30s but it is unclear whether she had transitioned back during the latter years of her life.

Dupont added that the Arquette family had offered to let Alexis live with them in their home but she refused and had wanted to live her life independently.

“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,” brother Richmond wrote.

In life, Alexis used her celebrity status to raise issues affecting the transgender community.

“Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people,” the family said in a statement.