Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton has passed way at age 61 due to complications from surgery.

Published Feb. 25, 2017

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Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery, according to a statement from a family representative.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said. “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.”

Paxton, a native of Texas, garnered an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys. Among his earliest acting credits were minor roles in hit films such as Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986), and he later gained prominence with larger roles in the films Tombstone (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997), as well as the lead role in the HBO television series Big Love.

Paxton had been starring with Justin Cornwell in the new CBS police drama Training Day at the time of his death.

The actor left behind two children and a wife.

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