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Alexis Arquette, actress and transgender activist, dies at 47

Actress Alexis Arquette arrives at the HBO premiere of
Actress Alexis Arquette arrives at the HBO premiere of "Hung" held at Paramount Studios on June 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
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Actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette died early Sunday morning at the age of 47, family members said.

The actress was best known for roles in “The Wedding Singer,” and “Pulp Fiction,” and came out as transgender in 2006. A 2007 documentary, “She’s My Brother,” chronicled her transition. People Magazine and CNN both confirmed her death, although the cause is still unclear.

“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,” wrote her brother Richmond Arquette in a Facebook post Sunday. “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.”

Alexis’s siblings include actors Rosanna, David and Patricia Arquette. Several family members and friends tweeted words and photos in remembrance early Sunday.