Star of Ti­tanic and Twis­ter dies from surgery com­pli­ca­tions

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E -

Bill Pax­ton has died.

The “Twis­ter” ac­tor re­port­edly suf­fered com­pli­ca­tions af­ter un­der­go­ing heart surgery and passed away af­ter a mas­sive stroke aged 61 on Satur­day, Feb. 25.

Bill is sur­vived by his wife Louise New­bury and their two chil­dren, James and Ly­dia.

His fam­ily con­firmed the news, which was orig­i­nally re­ported by TMZ, in a state­ment de­scrib­ing him as an “adored hus­band and father.”

The state­ment read: “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.”

A num­ber of stars have taken to so­cial me­dia to pay trib­ute to the ac­tor, in­clud­ing his “True Lies” costar Jamie Lee Cur­tis.

She wrote: “Nooooo. Bill Pax­ton is gone. Such a funny, tal­ented, lov­ing hu­man. Louise & the chil­dren & fam­ily my [love] & sup­port 2 u. #tru­elies”

Mean­while, “Break­ing Bad” ac­tor Aaron Paul re­mem­bered one of the “great­est guys” he’d ever met.

He wrote: “Bill Pax­ton was hands down one of the great­est guys that I have ever met. I feel lucky to have called him my friend. Bill, I love you. RIP.”

Lou Di­a­mond Phillips posted: “I am stunned & sad­dened at the pass­ing of Bill Pax­ton. I just worked with him re­cently. A warm and beau­ti­ful soul and a tal­ented ac­tor. RIP”

And Zach Braff wrote: “Bill Pax­ton. A very tal­ented man. As skilled with com­edy as he was with drama. Carpe Diem. #rip”

The ac­tor was best known for his work on movies in­clud­ing “Ti­tanic,” “Apollo 13,” “Aliens,” “Preda­tor 2” and “The Ter­mi­na­tor.”

Pax­ton also starred in the HBO TV drama “Big Love” and won an Emmy award for his per­for­mance in his­tor­i­cal TV minis­eries “Hat­fields & McCoys.”

He was cur­rently star­ring as a rogue cop in the TV show “Train­ing Day” on CBS.


Bill Pax­ton, left, starred with Justin Corn­well in the new show “Train­ing Day.”

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