Renowned actor and director, Bill Paxton, died on Sunday. He is 61 and is survived by his wife Louise Newbury and two kids including his actor son James Paxton.
The actor who appeared in many memorable films made in the last few decades including Titanic (1997), The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), reportedly died of surgery complications. He had apparently undergone heart surgery. This has apparently left his family and friends aghast who were rather sure of fast recovery in the wake of heart surgery.
The death came on the night of 89th Academy Awards. A family representative while informing the world about the death of the celebrated actor said that the prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in “Apollo 13″ and a treasure hunter in “Titanic,” has died from complications due to surgery.
Paxton, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Photographs of an 8-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas. This early fame came unwanted. But later he worked really hard to win respect and fame.
He was probably the nicest man in Hollywood. He quickly became a favorite of director James Cameron through the ’80s and ’90s, appearing in films such as “The Terminator,” ”Aliens” and “Titanic.” The family statement says “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.”