Actor Bill Paxton died on Saturday, February 25, at the age of 61. He died after suffering a stroke post-heart surgery.
A rep for Paxton 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.”
Paxton is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their children, James and Lydia.
In his four-decade career, Paxton often worked with director James Cameron, who gave him his first job as a part of the night production crew.
Paxton was known for his role in Titanic, HBO’s drama Big Love, and recently had a few other roles. His final big-screen role will be in The Circle which is currently in post-production, and the CBS spin-off Training Day.
The series had finished wrapping production in December and has only aired four episodes so far. It will continue to air on Thursdays, and Paxton is in all episodes of the first season.
Bill Paxton was also in the action film Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman, who has told the New York Daily News that he was anxious about the procedure that ultimately led to his death.
Bill was scheduled to appear as Sergeant Farrell in the Edge of Tomorrow sequel and told Liman that he was worried, but was sure he would be ready to get to work on set.
On January 29, Paxton sent Liman an email that read, “Thanks for the good wishes. It will help me face this ordeal. Don’t worry, ‘Sgt Farrell’ will be ready to report for duty.”