Bill Paxton is remembered for starring in multiple blockbuster hits during his long career, such as The Terminator, Aliens, Predator 2, and The Titanic. The actor died at the age of 61 and is survived by his two children, James and Lydia Paxton.
Bill Paxton’s cause of death was complications from surgery. According to TMZ, the cause of death was related to postoperative complications after Bill Paxton underwent heart surgery. The 61-year-old actor died of a stroke.
The talented actor’s death has shocked fans with many tributes pouring in on social media.
Met Bill Paxton briefly at a con. He was incredibly kind and friendly. It was a nice it's-ok-to-meet-your-heroes moment. 61 is too young. pic.twitter.com/d5FvcWUYGK
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 26, 2017
Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
In a statement, his family announced his cause of death and paid tribute to extensive career.
“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.”
RIP Bill Paxton. He was a kind man and a true gentlemen. His light will be missed in this world. pic.twitter.com/V6RePyhtI9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) February 26, 2017
Just last year, Bill Paxton was cast in Training Day — a TV series where is to play Detective Frank Roarke. The veteran actor with over 100 credit to his name started his career with a small role in The Terminator.
Ugh RIP Bill Paxton. Hudson in "Aliens" and Simon in "True Lies" are awesome characters
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) February 26, 2017
The Titanic actor Bill Paxton’s last movie is The Circle where he will star alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. The movie is expected to be released in April this year.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton cause of death comes as a surprise to many fans as it was not known that he had heart problems. Paxton was spotted signing autographs for fans late last year. The American actor was born in Texas and always managed to play memorable roles.
One fun fact about Bill Paxton is that he witnessed John F Kennedy’s final speech live, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It was amazing to see President Kennedy because I had mostly seen him on television in black and white, and there he was in living color and I couldn’t believe how red his hair was,” Paxton said in a previous interview at Texas Christian University. “And he was in very good spirits. He made a joke about Jackie not being there, but she took a little bit longer to get ready, but she looked a lot better.”
So sad to hear of Bill Paxton.
Here he is—the kid lifted up—at JFK's hotel the morning of 11.22.63 pic.twitter.com/UqTGStLmo6
— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) February 26, 2017
The Texas native was 8-years-old at the time. In the photo above you can see the future Hollywood star holstered up to watch JFK speak. Bill Paxton was known for his versatility in his roles, playing a variety of roles in numerous blockbuster hits. Paxton played an astronaut in Apollo 13, a punk in The Terminator and a police chief in One False Move.
Despite his success with acting, Bill Paxton also had a passion for film-making and revealed that he was always his dream to make films. As a testament to his plethora of roles, Bill Paxton along with Lance Henriksen are the only two actors to have been killed onscreen by an Alien, a Predator, and a Terminator.
At 61 years of age, Bill Paxton’s life ended too soon. The beloved actor’s cause of death was a stroke related to complications from heart surgery. The actor was married for about 30 years to Louise Newbury, with whom he had two children.
There are many Bill Paxton movies for fans to remember him. What is your favorite Bill Paxton movie?
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