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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Titanic actor Bill Paxton dies aged 61

Actor Bill Paxton attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images )
Actor Bill Paxton attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images )
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Titanic actor Bill Paxton has died aged 61.

The Emmy-nominated actor died due to complications from surgery, according to People.

A statement issued to People by a family representative reads: "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.”

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Mr Paxton rose to fame in the 1980s after landing a minor part as a thug in The Terminator. He went on to score roles in John Hughes' 1985 movie Weird Science and Aliens, and worked with director James Cameron on both True Lies, in 1994, and hit blockbuster Titanic, which remains the highest-grossing film in box office history.

He and Cameron teamed up again for 2003's Ghosts of the Abyss, which documented their deep sea dive on an expedition of the actual Titanic.

His other film credits included Apollo 13, Twister, Aliens, Predator 2, Edge of Tomorrow, and Nightcrawler.

Mr Paxton's final big screen project, sci-fi thriller The Circle, is currently set for release in April. He portrayed Emma Watson's father in the movie, alongside Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, John Boyega, and Patton Oswalt.

Additional reporting by Cover Media.

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