Feb 26 American actor Bill Paxton, who rose to
stardom with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as "Aliens"
and "Titanic," has died at age 61 after complications from
surgery, his family said in a statement on Sunday.
Paxton, who appeared in dozens of films over some four
decades, had recently starred in the HBO television series, "Big
Love," about a polygamous Mormon family, and acted alongside Tom
Cruise in the film, "Edge of Tomorrow."
For his role in "Apollo 13," Paxton won a Screen Actors
Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion
picture in 1996.
He was nominated for three Golden Globe Award in the best
actor category for his work in "Big Love" and the 1990s
miniseries, "A Bright Shining Lie."
It was not immediately known what surgery Paxton, a Fort
Worth, Texas, native had undergone.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton
has passed away due to complications from surgery," a family
representative said in the statement.
"Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him,
and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable," it said.
Paxton leaves behind his wife, Louise Newberry, and two
children, James and Lydia.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)