Hollywood veteran and Twister star Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61.
His family released a statement confirming the news that the Texas native had passed away from complications during surgery on Sunday.
“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,” the statement read.
“Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”
Bill began acting in the 1970s and went on to be nominated for an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys. His earlier acting credits also included minor roles in the acclaimed blockbusters Terminator and Aliens.
For his final on-screen role, the actor will appear in the thriller The Circle alongside fellow Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. The film is currently in post-production and is set to hit theatres in April.
Just two weeks before his death Bill was all smiles as he made his way down the red carpet for the last time at the NAACP Image Awards. The filmmaker appeared the picture of health as he attended the event with his Training Day co-stars, Justin Cornwell and Lex Scott Davis.
Tributes are pouring in for the star, with his celebrity friends such as James Cameron mourning the loss of a “great human.”
“He was a good man, a great actor and creative dynamo,” the director told Vanity Fair.
“The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him.”
He is survived by his two children James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury.
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