Did Bill Paxton have premonition about his death merely weeks before his breathed his last? The actor who appeared in many top of the line and some of the highest grossing films of Hollywood, passed away this past Saturday, leaving behind not just a grieving wife of thirty years and two kids, but also million and millions of fans throughout the world.
This may be the reason that the celebrated actor not just talked about his childhood ailment, but also expressed his fears about the outcome of the heart procedure to one of his friends, who happens to be a leading Hollywood producer.
Earlier, while talking on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, the actor/director had said that he contracted rheumatic fever when he was only 13. Though the disease is not uncommon in Asia and Australia, in this part of the world this disease is rather rare.
While talking about his illness Bill Paxton said, “I woke up one night. I had been to a hockey game, and I woke up one night and I had a lot of pain in my left wrist”. The illness, which he said could damage heart valves, probably came from a “bad sore throat.”
Paxton went on to add, “It kind of isolated me at an interesting age…Suddenly I was in this voyeuristic kind world, where I had TV but there wasn’t much TV on in those days, and I read a lot and looked out the window at the golf course.”
Meanwhile, the HBO drama in which Paxton had a larger than life presence, seems to have lost its sheen. Much of Paxton’s extended Big Love family has mourned the loss of their co-star, including Amanda Seyfried (Paxton’s on-screen daughter). She described Paxton as “an amazing and supportive father-figure to me in my early career”.
In the meantime Tripplehorn, who played his first wife, called Paxton a great friend. He was “friend for life… but then everyone has felt that after working with him…I can’t believe he won’t be out there on a set somewhere anymore. He loved being an actor and I loved acting with him. I will miss our long talks about our crazy business, his passion for art and the deep love for his family. My heart goes out to [his wife and kids] Louise, James, and Lydia.”