Transgender actress Alexis Arquette was still young when she died on September 11, 2016. Born a boy and named Robert, Alexis is reported to have died fast and painlessly and was surrounded by family. The family knew Alexis as both a brother and a sister during her lifetime and in a statement, her brother Richard said that Robert, aged 47 had died while they played David Bowie's Richmond Starman. TMZ reported that she had been battling an illness. According to ENews Online the family has requested that donations should go to the LGBTQ community.

Family said Alexis died and lived on own terms

The family statement put out by Richard was touching and he expressed his gratitude that living with Robert/Alexis had brought him an opportunity to be "able to love her/him and to be loved by him/her." She taught the family about tolerance. HIs statement also said, "He died as he lived, on his own terms. I am immensely grateful that it was fast and painless."

Acting career

Alexis started acting when he was 12 years old and made a debut in The Tubes music video, She's a BeautyDown and Out in Beverly Hills saw Alexis play an uncredited role, but lots of people remember Alexis for the film Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother which documented Robert's transition from man to woman, which was shown for the first time at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.

Many of the roles Alexis played were in independent or low budget films, but in 2007 fans of Top Design, the reality show by Bravo will recall she was a guest judge and a featured celebrity. Fans claim that her most memorable performance was that of the prostitute Georgette in the 1989 movie Last Exit to Brooklyn.

Alexis died too young at the age of 47 and people are wondering what caused her death.

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Nevertheless, what has come to pass for Alexis will not change even if the cause of death is known. It is enough to know that Alexis faced the challenges of transgender life with bravery, love, and compassion.

Fans from across the world have expressed their sorrow at the passing of Alexis on Twitter.

Here's what some of them are saying:

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