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Rest in peace, Alexis Arquette.

The 47-year old actress passed away suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic via Getty Images
Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic via Getty Images

Born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles in 1969, Arquette started her career in Hollywood at the age of 12 when she appeared in a music video for The Tubes. In 1986, she debuted in film in an uncredited role in Bette Midler’s comedy “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” Twenty years after her first film role, Arquette transitioned from male to female. She documented the experience in the 2007 documentary “Alexis Arquette: She’s my Brother” and premiered it at the Tribeca Film Festival.


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Arquette was an actress, musician and cabaret performer who is probably best known for her role as a Boy George impersonator in the 1998 flick “The Wedding Singer,” starring Adam Sandler and Drew Berrymore. She also appeared in the 2014 movie “Blended,” also starring Berrymore and Sandler.

Boy George tweeted the heartbreaking news on Sunday morning.

Following that role, Arquette went on to appear in “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Friends.” In 2001, she appeared on the television reality series “The Surreal Life” on VH1.

Arquette came from a storied Hollywood family. Her father is actor and director Lewis Arquette, and her mother is Brenda Olivia “Mardi” Nowak, an actress, poet, theater operator and activist. Her siblings, Patricia Arquette, David Arquette, Richmond Arquette and Rosanna Arquette, are also all actors and actresses.

TMZ confirmed the actress’s death. She reportedly died after a long battle with an unknown illness.

David Arquette took to Instagram on Sunday to pay tribute to Alexis.

“Never have I had the honor of knowing and loving a funnier more beautiful soul then my brother/sister Alexis. Thank you all for your kind words of love and support. I know Alexis loves all the wonderful reactions to his passing and will be in our hearts for eternity. In the end he chose to be called my brother again but I will remember him as a Butterfly of a spirit always. I love you and in his words ‘Gracias!'”

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