Alexis Arquette, 'Pulp Fiction' star and transgender activist, dies at 47

Alexis Arquette, actress and transgender activist, popular for her film 'The Wedding Singer' dies at 47 due to an unspecified illness.

Alexis Arquette,

Alexis Arquette

Alexis Arquette, who is famous for some amazing roles in Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer is no more. A statement from Alexis' brother Richard, in Facebook read, "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


He further writes, "As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension."

Alexis, born as Robert Arquette, was the sibling of actors Patricia, Rosanna, David and Richmond and described by her brother as "a force".

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="402"] In the movie Pulp Fiction[/caption]

Richmond wrote, "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. It was an incredible 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 always love you."

They told PEOPLE, "Our sister, Alexis Arquette, passed away this morning, September 11th, 2016." Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor. She starred in movies like Last Exit to Brooklyn, Pulp Fiction, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Of Mice and Men, The Wedding Singer, and The Bride of Chucky.

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"Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman. Despite the fact that there are few parts for transgender 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.

"She fiercely lived her reality in a world where it is dangerous to be a trans person – a world largely unready to accept differences among human beings, and where there is still the ugliness of violence and hostility towards people that we may not understand.

"We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth – that love is everything."