Bill Paxton, star of Aliens, Titanic and Apollo 13, dies

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Bill Paxton, star of Aliens, Titanic and Apollo 13, dies

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:54 am

The actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61.

The star of films including Aliens, Titanic and Apollo 13 died after complications from heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said.

“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.”

As an eight-year-old, Paxton was in the crowd when John F Kennedy emerged from his hotel on the morning of his assassination. Photographs of him being lifted above the crowd are on display at a museum in Texas. He later narrated a documentary about the day for the National Geographic channel and produced the film Parkland, set during the president’s final day. “I was probably about 20 feet in front of him,” he said in an interview. “His hair was red and he was in a blue suit and he couldn’t have been more charming.”

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