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FILE - In this July 22, 2007 file photo, Alexis Arquette arrives at the "Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav" in Burbank, Calif. Arquette, the transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia Arquette, died early Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 in Los Angeles. She was 47. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Actress and transgender activist, Alexis Arquette, dead at 47


Actress and transgender activist, Alexis Arquette, died Sunday following a lengthy illness. She was 47.

Arquette's brother, Richmond Arquette, confirmed her death on Facebook, according to Us Weekly.

"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 a.m.," Richmond Arquette wrote.

"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."

Born Robert, Alexis Arquette was best known for roles in "The Wedding Singer" and "Pulp Fiction."

Wedding Singer Do you really want to hurt me? - George singing scene

Boy George, who inspired her role in "The Wedding Singer" posted a tribute on Twitter. 

She was the sibling of actors Rosanna, David and Patricia Arquette.

In February, David Arquette reportedly said that Alexis no longer identified as transgender, according to CNN.

"She was like, 'Yeah, sometimes I'll be a man, sometimes I'll be a woman. I like to refer to myself as gender suspicious,'" David Arquette told Entertainment Tonight.

According to CNN, Arquette was one of the earliest high-profile advocates for transgender rights.

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