“Twister” star Bill Paxton dies from heart surgery complications

  • ‘Twister’ and ‘Titanic’ actor Bill Paxton has died
  • He succumbed to complications from heart surgery on Saturday
  • He was only 61 years old

Hollywood actor Bill Paxton, known for his notable roles in blockbusters like ‘Twister’, ‘Alien’, ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘Titanic’ has reportedly died on Saturday, February 25 after suffering complications from a recent heart surgery.

In a statement, his family shared the heartbreaking news that shocked the actor’s colleagues and friends in the entertainment industry. He was only 61 years old.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” said the statement. “We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Paxton was born in Fort Worth Texas. His father was a businessman and an occasional actor. They were raised by his mother as a Roman Catholic.

Among his earliest roles are in The Terminator (1984) where he played punk thug, and in James Cameron’s Aliens (1986) as Private Hudson where he received a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He went on to star in two more Cameron blockbuster films True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997). But his most prominent role came in 1996 American disaster film Twister, suiting up for the role of the protagonist Bill “The Extreme” Harding alongside Helen Hunt.

“Twister”, now a cult classic, became the second-highest grossing film for that year; earning a worldwide total of $494.4-M.

His most recent projects include ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (2014), ‘Nightcrawler’ (2014), ‘Mean Dreams’ (2016) and he has recently signed for ‘The Circle’ (2017) with Tom Hanks.

Paxton was currently working on CBS’ “Training Day” as Detective Frank Rourke when the tragedy struck.

He left behind his wife of 30 years Louise Newbury, and their two kids.

Here’s a video remembering the versatile actor: