Another Hollywood great has passed.
Veteran actor Bill Paxton, known for his roles in “Aliens” and “Twister”, died on Saturday (25th February) due to complications from surgery. He was 61.
In a statement, the spokesperson for Paxton’s family said:
“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.”
Born on 17th May 1955 in Texas, Paxton moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 years old to pursue a career in the film industry. After working as a set dresser for famed B-movie producer Roger Corman, he moved to New York to study acting.
The actor played many notable characters in many blockbusters, such as James Cameron’s “The Terminator”, “True Lies”, and “Titanic”, as well as “Apollo 13”, “Weird Science”, and “Tombstone”. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his starring role on the History Channel miniseries, “Hatfields & McCoys”.
Upon hearing the tragic news, some of Paxton’s famous friends and the people who admired him and his work have taken to social media to mourn the actor. See their heartfelt messages here:
He made this movie great–he acted his heart out. What a talented man. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/rUcmmYME3h
— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) February 26, 2017
The world has lost a terrific person in Bill Paxton. Very sad. RIP my friend. You will be extremely missed.
— Christian Kane (@ChristianKane01) February 27, 2017
Bill Paxton gone? How can that be? Fine actor, fine man. Game over, man. Game over.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 26, 2017
Thank you #BillPaxton You were the nicest man, The most generous actor, And a great dad. Gone but not forgotten.
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) February 26, 2017
Last but not least, Jennifer Aniston honoured Paxton during the in memoriam segment at the Oscars last night (26th February). While holding back tears, the actress said, “As was our beloved friend who left us yesterday, Bill Paxton, all were loved and all will be missed.”
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
Rest in peace, Bill Paxton. You will always be remembered.