Tributes paid as Hollywood star Paxton dies at 61
American actor Bill Paxton, who starred in Hollywood blockbusters including 'Titanic' and 'Apollo 13', has died aged 61.
The actor and producer died suddenly on Saturday due to complications from surgery, his family said in a statement.
"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away," a family representative said in a statement.
"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."
Paxton, who also appeared in films such as 'Twister', 'True Lies' and 'Aliens', had two children and was married for 30 years.
His final film appearance will be in thriller 'The Circle' alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. It is set to be released in April.
Actor Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, was among the first to pay his respects on social media.
"He was a kind man and a true gentlemen. His light will be missed in this world," he wrote.
Actor Rob Lowe tweeted: "Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton.
"Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing."