AMERICAN actor and director Bill Paxton, who rose to stardom with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Aliens and Titanic, has died at 61 due to complications from surgery.
"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," Paxton's family said in a statement.
"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."
He was most famous for his roles in Aliens, Twister and Apollo 13. The latter earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, in 1996.
Hollywood is mourning the loss of Paxton, who passed away just hours before the Academy Awards is due to kick off, with everyone from Tom Hanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger paying tribute to him on Twitter.
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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
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
What a lovely, warm and kind human. So sad to hear of Bill Paxton's passing.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was hands down one of the greatest guys that I have ever met. I feel lucky to have called him my friend. Bill, I love you. RIP.— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) February 26, 2017
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
uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch "One False Move" or "A Simple Plan" to see this lovely leading man, at his finest.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
The loss of #BillPaxton is beyond crushing. Once again, an icon, far too young, gone far too soon. 😢 Goodbye Private Hudson.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 26, 2017
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