Inside Alexis Arquette's Tragic Last Days

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Sep. 14 2016, Published 1:20 p.m. ET

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In the days leading up to her tragic death, Alexis Arquette was living as a man, and "struggling to make ends meet," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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As previously reported, the 47-year-old transgender rights activist and sister to David and Patricia Arquette, died from an AIDS related stroke in a L.A. hospital.

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In the weeks before her passing, Arquette's lengthy battle with HIV became worse than ever, with an infection in her liver spreading throughout her body.

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According to sources, Arquette was determined be self-sufficient in her final months, living in a West Hollywood apartment complex run by The Actors Fund that provides housing to residents who have been diagnosed with HIV and have an annual income ranging from $17,400 to $29,000.

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The star's final public appearance was last April at RuPaul's DragCon, an annual drag convention in L.A., where she promoted 1995's Wigstock: The Movie, a documentary in which she makes an appearance. Arquette dressed as a man for the event, looking gaunt, onlookers said.

Fellow drag performer, Sham Ibrahim, often video taped Arquette in her final months. In one clip, Alexis mused about the afterlife, saying, "If I was a gambling lady and I wanted to make a bet of what life would be like after death, it's sort of like a tear in the ocean. They say that energy never goes away, but I don't know if that's true."

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