Transgender actress Alexis Arquette passed away from an undisclosed illness.
Alexis, 47, passed away surrounded by her family, including siblings Patricia, Rosanna, David and Richmond, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Alexis' brother, Richmond, later confirmed the tragic news on Facebook:
"Alexis was born as Robert, our brother. We loved him the moment he arrived. But he came in as more than a sibling — he came as our great teacher. As Alexis transitioned into being a woman, she taught us tolerance and acceptance. As she moved through her process, she became our sister, teaching us what real love is.
"We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth — that love is everything.
"In the days leading to her death, she told us she was already visiting the other side, and that where she was going, there was only one gender. That on the other side, we are free from all of the things that separate us in this life, and that we are all one.
"She passed away surrounded by love. We held her and sang her David Bowie’s “Starman” as she punched through the veil to the other side. We washed her body in rose petals and surrounded her with flowers."
Media reports claim Alexis was suffering a "lengthy illness", however, her cause of death was not disclosed.
Meanwhile, her siblings and celebrity fans mourned Alexis' tragic passing on Twitter.
Breaking through the veil singing StarMan https://t.co/A3way5S3Lb— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 11, 2016
Thank you all for your love and kind words about Alexis. My hero for eternity pic.twitter.com/Z18xLtYTBv— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) September 11, 2016
R.I.P my sister Alexis Arquette. Another bright light gone out far too soon. Love to the family and all that loved Alexis.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) September 11, 2016
hail hail a vagenius has vacated this realm! RIP Alexis Arquette. this picture is backstage of my 1999 talk show. pic.twitter.com/pj7Zo8duvC— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) September 11, 2016
"Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest". Beautiful tender soul Alexis Arquette— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) September 11, 2016
The Arquette family also praised Alexis for her work as a trans activist.
"Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman. 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," Richmond wrote.
"She fiercely lived her reality in a world where it is dangerous to be a trans person — a world largely unready to accept differences among human beings, and where there is still the ugliness of violence and hostility towards people that we may not understand."
In lieu of gifts, the Arquette family request fans donate to organisations that support the LGBTQI community.
Alexis was best known for her roles in The Wedding Singer and Pulp Fiction.