Alexis Arquette, actor, singer and transgender activist died early on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 47.
“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” her siblings said in a statement. “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.”
The statement added, “We are comforted by the fact that Alexis came into our family and was our brother and then our sister, and that she gave us so much love. We will love you always, Alexis. We know we were the lucky ones.”
Arquette, reportedly, passed away surrounded by her family and friends and though the exact cause of her death is not yet known, it was learnt that she was suffering from an illness for quite some time. Although the news of her death came as a shock to her fans, those close to her had been expecting it, the Cinema Blend reported.
Alexis Arquette was known for her roles in ‘The Wedding Singer,’ ‘Blended,’ and ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Born in 1969 in Los Angeles, Arquette was a performer from a young age. At the age of 12, she appeared in a music video of Tube’s ‘She’s a Beauty.’ In 1989, she played the trans sex worker Georgette in Last Exit to Brooklyn. The big break in the film came while she was visiting New York with her sister Patricia Arquette who had a role in the film, the Guardian reported.
She took the name Eva Destruction and often performed at nightclubs and cabarets. During an interview on ‘Larry King Live’ in 2009, she said that she was born into a liberal family.
“I’ve worn makeup since I was 12,” Arquette said as quoted by the CNN. “They weren’t in denial so much as their fear was that if I came out as transgender and live my life as a woman that might receive a lot of flak from people on the street.”