Hollywood actor, Bill Paxton dies at 61 due to surgery complications

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American actor Bill Paxton – a Hollywood mainstay who was one of the biggest film stars of the 1990s – has died aged 61 due to complications from surgery.

The star – best known for his roles in hit films such as Aliens, Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic – died suddenly on Saturday.

His family announced his death in a statement released on Sunday and described him as a “beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker” whose “illustrious career” spanned four decades.

His family said: “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.”

His family added: “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”

The statement did not reveal details about Mr Paxton’s health problems.

TMZ reported that he underwent heart surgery, had complications after the operation and suffered a fatal stroke.

At the time of his death he was starring as a detective in the US TV series Training Day, a follow-up to the 2001 film which starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.

He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, British painter Louise Newbury, and two children, James, 23, and Lydia, 19.

His son James is also an actor and currently stars in the TV programme Eyewitness, and his daughter is a student at Duke University in North Carolina.

Mr Paxton, who lived near Los Angeles and kept a low profile away from work, spotted his future wife on a street in London in 1982 when she was 17 and followed her onto a bus to speak to her. They married after a five-year courtship.

He told Los Angeles Magazine in 2010: “She knew me when I was struggling. She was a student.

“We met on a bus in London. I’ve seen her give birth. I was with her when her father died. Then we mixed our blood watching these two kids grow up.”

It was his second marriage. His first, to Kelly Rowan, ended in divorce in 1980 after less than a year

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