Bill Paxton dies aged 61

Publish Date
Monday, 27 February 2017, 6:58AM
Bill Paxton passed away at the age 61. Photo / AP / NZ Herald

Bill Paxton passed away at the age 61. Photo / AP / NZ Herald

Hollywood actor Bill Paxton has died aged 61 due to "complications" following heart surgery, his family has confirmed.

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

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

His family confirmed the sad 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 co-star 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 (sic)"


 - NZ Herald