Yesterday, we reported that actress, model and transgender activist Alexis Arquette had passed away at the age of 47.
Alexis turned in memorable performances in films such as Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer, and she was the sister of famed actors David, Patricia and Rosanna Arquette.
No official cause of death has been given, but a statement from her brother Richmond Arquette gave the impression that the passing was not unexpected.
"Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning," Richmond wrote.
"He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones."
Richmond added that Alexis' final moments were arranged in accordance with her last requests:
"As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension," he noted.
Usually when a celebrity passes at such a young age the assumption is that substance abuse or an accident were involved.
In Alexis' case, however, she was surrounded by family and friends and seemed to know in advance that her passing was imminent.
Now, a former lover named Robert Dupont has come forward claiming to know the cause of Arquette's untimely death.
“Alexis was living with AIDS and she had an inoperable tumor and she had developed an infection,” Dupont explained to Radar Online.
“I was told that went to her liver and throughout her body.”
Dupont, who reportedly dated Arquette for "several years" in the '90s, added that Alexis was “in an induced coma” at the time of her passing.
Sadly, Dupont says Arquette's final years were difficult for her:
“She was working as an artist and living in an Actors Fund home in West Hollywood for people with HIV and AIDS. She hated it," he tells the website.
"People kept breaking into her apartment and they did alcohol and drugs. Alexis hated that. She never did drugs and she didn’t drink.
“Her family offered to have her live with them, but she wanted to be independent.”
A second source confirmed that was ill for several years, but remained focused on her art and her career despite her difficulties:
“Towards the end she was in a lot of pain, but she was not going to give up,” the unidentified insider says.
“She was holding on so hard at the end and she was such a fighter. Alexis was sick for so long.”
The source confirms that Arquette never even dabbled with intoxicants of any kind:
“I never ever saw Alexis do drugs — she never did cocaine, speed or anything like that,” the insider says.
“She lived a life that is fearless. When she started doing drag it was very taboo.
"She was crazy … she was really wild. As wild as she was, she was always super loyal to her friends.”
In the 24 hours since her death, several celebrities and thousands of fans have taken to Twitter to honor Alexis with kind words and her favorite songs.