Actor Bill Paxton dies at 61 due to complications from surgery


Bill Paxton has died at 61.

The beloved actor and filmmaker, known for his roles in "Titanic," "Aliens" and 'Twister," passed away on Saturday after experiencing complications from surgery, according to TMZ.

Paxton reportedly underwent heart surgery and had complications post-op and suffered a fatal stroke.

The Texas native, who began acting in the 1970s, was on CBS show "Training Day" at the time of his passing. He recently revealed to People that his son scored a guest role alongside him in the hit drama.

"I was thrilled to have my son [James, 22,] guest-star on the eighth episode of 'Training Day,'" Paxton said. "He plays the son in a father-son robbery team, and my character, whose dad was also a criminal, tells him, 'We're both our father's sons, but that doesn't have to define us.' It was surreal saying that to him."

He also won an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series "Hatfields and McCoys."

The Hollywood star is survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife Louise Newbury. His family released a statement on his shocking death:

"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."