Alexis Arquette Dead: Twitter Reactions from Celebrities to Pioneering Transgender Actress’ Death

September 12, 2016

The death of transgender actress Alexis Arquette at age 47 has sparked an outpouring of tributes from celebrities on Twitter and other social media. Many are paying tribute to the trailblazing entertainer who was the sister of Patricia and Davidi Arquette.

Alexis Arquette

Alexis Arquette died Sunday morning, September 11. It was her brother who first confirmed the sad news in a statement that both announced the sad news and paid tribute to her legacy. In part, “Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman.”

And further pointing out her dilemma, the statement went on to say, “Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people.”

She was originally Robert Arquette and has a long history in show business, getting her start as a preteen. In what became her breakthrough role, she portrayed a transvestite in ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ in 1989. She’s also known for her roles in many other notable movies of the 1990s and early 200s including Pulp Fiction, Bride of Chucky, Of Mice and Men as well as ‘The Wedding Singer,’ in which she impersonated 1980s icon Boy George.

Years before the actress Laverne Cox rose to fame in Orange Is the New Black and before Caitlyn Jenner’s transition further brought transgender persons and their plight to the public mind, there was Alexis Arquette whose story was chronicled nearly a decade ago in the 2007 documentary ‘Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.’

Her siblings — David Arquette and Patricia Arquette — and colleagues were among the first to pay tribute and as the news spread, many celebrities took to Twitter and other social media and here’s a roundup of what’s being said.

Reactions to the death of continue to pour in via Twitter, Instagram and other social media. Many are continuing to offer condolences and pay tribute to the trailblazing transgender actress.

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