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Bill Paxton Dies: Actor in 'Aliens,' 'Titanic,' 'Twister' Was 61

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Bill Paxton at People's Choice Awards in January. (Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
 

By    |   Monday, 27 Feb 2017 01:00 PM

Bill Paxton has died from surgical complications. The actor, known for his starring roles in films such as "Alien," “Twister” and “Apollo 13,” suffered a stroke after undergoing heart surgery on Saturday. He was 61.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a representative from Paxton’s family said in a statement, according to US Magazine.

Most recently, the actor starred in the HBO drama, “Big Love,” from 2006 to 2011. He was nominated for an Emmy for his role in “Hatfields & McCoys,” which aired on the History Channel in 2012.

Paxton also starred in the new CBS series “Training Day,” which began in February.

Paxton’s final film, “The Circle,” based on a book authored by Dave Eggers, is set to hit theaters at the end of April, said NBC News. He starred in the film alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

“I’ve been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and heart around it,” said “Aliens” director James Cameron, per Vanity Fair. “He and I were close friends for 36 years, since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie. He came in to work on set, and I slapped a paint brush in his hand and pointed to a wall, saying ‘Paint that!’ We quickly recognized the creative spark in each other and became fast friends.”

“What followed was 36 years of making films together, helping develop each others projects, going on scuba diving trips together, watching each others kids growing up, even diving the Titanic wreck together in Russian subs,” Cameron said. “It was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect.”

Twitter-goers offered kind words while paying tribute to Paxton as an actor and a man of character.

 

 

 

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Bill Paxton has died from surgical complications. The actor, known for his starring roles in films such as “Twister” and “Apollo 13,” suffered a stroke after undergoing heart surgery on Saturday. He was 61.
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