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'Titanic,' 'Big Love' Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61

'Titanic,' 'Big Love' Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61
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Paxton at last month's People's Choice Awards

Actor Bill Paxton has died, People magazine reports.

In a statement from his family, Paxton's death was attributed to "complications from surgery." TMZ reports he underwent heart surgery and died of a stroke. He was 61.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away," the family statement read. "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.”

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Paxton with actor Justin Cornwell at the NAACP Image Awards on February 11, 2017

The native Texan was nominated for Emmy and SAG Awards for "Hatfields & McCoys" (2012), and was known for appearances in blockbusters like "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986), "Predator 2" (1990), "True Lies" (1994), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Twister" (1996) and for his role as treasure-seeking Brock Lovett in "Titanic" (1997).

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Paxton in a scene from "Titanic"

He starred on HBO's "Big Love" (2006-2011), for which he was nominated three times for a Golden Globe, and had recently appeared on the series "Training Day."

Last year, “Extra” caught up with Bill Paxton on the set of his TV series “Training Day.”

In our last interview with Paxton, he chatted about his career, what fans recognize him for, and his role on “Training Day.”

The future of “Training Day” is currently unknown after the actor's sudden passing.

Paxton also had a a part in the early years of music videos — he directed and starred in the bizarre clip "Fish Heads" for Barnes & Barnes in 1980, which aired on "SNL," and also acted in Pat Benatar's 1982 video for her hit "Shadows of the Night."

Celebrities immediately took to social media to mourn Paxton. See their reactions here.

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