Alexis Arquette died from complications related to AIDS, a source confirms to People.
The transgender actress died Sunday morning surrounded by her family at age 47, her brother, Richmond announced on Facebook (Richmond’s agent confirmed the news to People in a statement Sunday). No further details about the actress’ health are available at this time.
The social media post began, “With deepest love, respect and condolences to the Arquette family we wish to share Richmond Arquette’s announcement at the passing of his beloved brother/sister Robert/Alexis. Our hearts are heavy for this wonderful family. They are not simply brought up in fame … they’ve continued to roll up their sleeves to make a difference on this, our planet Earth, with their presence. Each and every one of them has touched our hearts and has been the example of true ‘FAMILY’ at its grandest meaning.”
The statement continued, “Robert/Alexis will continue to be loved as his/her light now resonates throughout the universe as the star we’ve always known him/her to be.”
Arquette’s family has since paid tribute to Alexis with a series of emotional posts on social media, as well as several other celebrities.
“Thank you all for your love and kind words about Alexis,” Alexis’ brother David Arquette captioned a picture of the two on Twitter. “My hero for eternity.”
Born Robert Arquette, Alexis started acting at age 12 and went on to earn roles in the Bride of Chucky, Of Mice and Men and The Wedding Singer before documenting her transition to a woman in the 2007 film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.
People Magazine report.