Alexis Arquette died at 47 years old on Sept 11, and her cause of death has finally been revealed. On Tuesday, Alexis's death certificate was released and it showed the actress had been battling HIV for 29 years prior to her death. According to TMZ, Alexis passed away from a heart attack following a bacterial infection of the heart.
Alexis's family was the first to report the tragic news, and according to People, Alexis's brother, Richmond, announced the sad news on his Facebook page, writing, "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. He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones . . . As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension." He continued, "He died as he lived, on his own terms. I am immensely grateful that it was fast and painless. It was an incredibly moving experience and I am humbled and grateful to have been able to have been with him as he began his journey onward."
Alexis came from a family of famous actors, which includes brother David and sisters Patricia and Rosanna. Alexis was born as Robert and famously documented her transition into a woman in 2007's Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother. Alexis also starred in Bride of Chucky, Of Mice and Men, and The Wedding Singer.