Alexis Arquette, a member of a well-known Hollywood family, has died.
Arquette, a trans woman, was 47.
“My heart goes out to anyone who was lucky enough to know Alexis. We will love and miss you forever,” tweeted Courtney Cox.
Cox was married to Alexis’ brother David Arquette for 14 years. David, Patricia, Rosanna and Richmond were present Sunday morning when Alexis passed away, reports multiple news sources. The cause of death was unexpected and unspecified, reports the Associated Press.
Alexis appeared in season six of the VH1 reality series, “The Surreal Life,” bringing attention to transgender issues. She had bit roles in films such as “The Wedding Singer” and “Pulp Fiction” and often could be found in the Los Angeles club scene performing under the name Eva Destruction.
In a public statement, the Arquettes said Alexis took a risk to live authentically and her career “was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman.”
Born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles in 1969, Alexis documented her transition and sexual reassignment surgery in a 2007 film, “Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.”
“My hero for eternity,” David tweeted.
Late Monday, People Magazine was reporting Alexis died of complications from AIDS.