Well, 2016 just keeps throwing the shocking drops of sadness at us. Alexis Arquette died early this morning while surrounded by friends and family including David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette and Richmond Arquette. Alexis was only 47 years old. Richmond delivered the sad news on Facebook today and said that they all listened to David Bowie’s “Starman” as Alexis joined hands with The Lady Chablis and the two sashayed off to the afterworld:
“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. As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.”
We don’t know what Alexis died of. But TMZ says that Alexis was sick and fighting an illness.
Wikipedia says that Alexis’ first acting job was in 1983 as “a little kid riding on a ride with a bunch of women” in the video for The Tubes’ She’s A Beauty. Now THAT is how you make an acting debut! From there, Alexis had roles in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Of Mice and Men, Pulp Fiction, Threesome, The Wedding Singer, Bride of Chucky, She’s All That and Beggars and Choosers. In 2007, the documentary about Alexis’ transition, Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother, came out. Alexis was also in the sixth and final season of the Vh1 reality trash masterpiece The Surreal Life.
On top of being an actress and trans activist, Alexis was also one of my favorite red carpet pose-makers who always brought the glamour and sparkle. And of course, thanks to Alexis, we’ll always think of Jared Leto’s peen as looking like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.
Patricia tweeted this about the loss of Alexis:
Breaking through the veil singing StarMan https://t.co/A3way5S3Lb
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 11, 2016
Rest in peace, Alexis.