Award-winning Hollywood actor Bill Paxton passed away due to complications from surgery, according to PEOPLE magazine. He died from stroke after complications from heart surgery.
A family representative issued this statement:
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.” “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
Bill Paxton is from Texas and he starred in Titanic, Twister and Aliens. He was nominated for an Emmy for the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys. He started acting in the 1970s and his earliest movies include minor roles in blockbusters such as Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986).
Paxton’s fame rose in the 1990s thanks to roles such as Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead role in the 1996 hit Twister and as treasure hunter Brock Lovett in Titanic (1997).
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Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
Some of my favorite memories are of floating around in a tiny vessel with big hearted,hilarious,brilliant Bill Paxton. Sad day.— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017
Crushing. #RIPBillPaxton A gr8 talent & spirit. His passion contributed so much 2 #Apollo13 & all his wrk. We'll miss the hell out of U Bill https://t.co/j2Khv6fmCP— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 26, 2017
You were a great friend to me, Bill. AND one of the finest actors to share a set with. Sending so much love to Bill Paxton's family.— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) February 26, 2017
Rest In Peace my sweet friend. pic.twitter.com/1QC7pzDZPz— Julie Benz (@juliebenz) February 26, 2017
Really bummed to hear about Bill Paxton this morning. Great guy, energy and always smilin'. Strength to the Paxton family. #restinlove— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 26, 2017
Very sad today to hear the passing of Bill Paxton. My heart goes out to his family & his many friends. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless pic.twitter.com/3lOJ5G3v8p— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) February 26, 2017