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Tributes as Hollywood star Bill Paxton (61) passes away

By Dominic Harris

Actor Bill Paxton has died after complications following surgery.

The 61-year-old, who starred in Aliens, Twister, Titanic and True Lies died on Saturday.

A family representative said in a statement: "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."

Paxton had two children and was married for 30 years.

He appeared in some of the most popular films of the 1980s, from a brief appearance as a blue-haired punk opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator to memorable roles in True Lies, Titanic and Apollo 13.

Major film roles waned in the 2000s but a television career blossomed.

He was nominated for four Golden Globes, including three for his portrayal of polygamist Bill Henrickson opposite Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny in Big Love.

In 2012 he was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the Civil War drama Hatfields & McCoys, alongside Kevin Costner.

Actor Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, was among the first to pay his respects on social media.

He wrote: "He was a kind man and a true gentlemen. His light will be missed in this world."

Actor Rob Lowe tweeted: "Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton.

"Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia."

Star Trek's William Shatner said: "Condolences to the family of Bill Paxton. I just heard the news."

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