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A beloved actor, director, husband and father, Bill Paxton passed away on Feb. 25, 2017 at the age of 61.
A statement was released by the family on Feb. 25, saying, “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.”
According to the New York Times, “The statement did not say [how], when or where Mr. Paxton died, but Rolling Stone magazine reported that he died on Saturday.”
Although it has not been confirmed, rumors have surfaced the Internet claiming Paxton’s death came shortly after a heart surgery, after which he suffered a fatal stroke.
“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,” a representative for the family said in a statement.
Paxton acted in “Titanic,” “Apollo 13,” “The Terminator,” and “Weird Science,” as well as many more films. Although Paxton affected the screen tremendously, he also worked behind the scenes directing “Frailty” and “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
During a CNN interview in 2005, Paxton noted, “I’ve kind of modeled myself as a filmmaker/actor, that was always my dream, to make films.”
Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Lowe, Kevin Bacon and Tom Hanks, as well as many more heartbroken celebs, have taken to Twitter to express their grief.
Jeanne Tripplehorn, who played one of Paxton’s wives on the HBO show Big Love, recalled, “When you worked with Bill, you left with a little piece of him. He gave his all. [He was] a great actor and director. Such a big soul, big laugh, big smile, big love — a truly good man.”
Storm chasers and storm spotters came together on Sunday to give Paxton a virtual goodbye. Paxton’s character in “Twister” made “meteorology — and the hobby of storm chasing — cool.” said John Wetter, president of Spotter Network, who coordinated the tribute.
At this moment the family asks “to please respect [their] wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”