Pose star Cecilia Gentili has died at the age of 52.
The actress and transgender activist died on Tuesday morning; a cause of death has not yet been announced.
A statement on her Instagram page said: “Our beloved Cecilia Gentili passed away this morning to continue to watch over us in spirit.”
“Please be gentle with one another and love one another with passion.”
“We will provide further updates on the services and what is to come in the next few days.”
Pose star Cecilia Gentili has died at the age of 52 – a cause of death has not been announced
“During this time, we ask for privacy, time and space to grieve.”
Gentili was a well-known advocate for the rights of transgender people and sex workers around the world.
And GLAAD, the LGBTQIA advocacy group, has already taken to social media to shower the actress with praise.
GLAAD said on Instagram: “We are devastated to learn of the death of Cecilia Gentili.”
“Cecilia was a pillar of the trans community, a fierce advocate, a striking actress on the hit TV show Pose, an incredible journalist and a sex worker.”
The organization also noted that Gentili — who was born in Argentina but later moved to New York City — sought to create “visibility and acceptance” for the LGBTQIA community.
The statement reads: “In the anthology Surviving Transphobia, Cecilia wrote about growing up under the dictatorship in Argentina and how she found inspiration in American films to be her authentic self. She infused this passion for visibility and acceptance into her and many other lives.”
Gentili played Miss Orlando, a woman who offered discounted plastic surgery to trans women, in the first season of Pose.
The actress also won the American Library Association's 2023 Stonewall Book Award for her memoir, “Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn't My Rapist.”
Several other Pose actors paid their respects to Cecilia after her death was announced.
Angelica Ross wrote: “I'm so glad I saw a video from her recent birthday party and she was surrounded by so much love and community.” Such a passionate advocate. Rest in the Force.'
MJ Rodriguez added, “Rest in power, Cecilia,” while Hailie Sahar wrote, “Rest well, my beautiful.” “Your talent was unmatched and your humanity shone brightly.”