Family: Actor Bill Paxton dead at 61

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LOS ANGELES (AP/WKYT) - A family representative says prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," has died from complications due to surgery.

The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death. Further details were not provided.

Paxton, a Texas native, got his start in films in the art department on Roger Corman movies in the '70s before getting a chance to go in front of the camera.

He quickly became a favorite of director James Cameron through the '80s and '90s, appearing in films such as "The Terminator," ''Aliens" and "Titanic."

In 2012, he played Randall McCoy in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, which is set in West Virginia and Kentucky. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his role in the series.

At the time of his death, he was starring in the CBS series Training Day.

The statement says "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

Bill Paxton was 61 years old. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children. His first marriage, to Kelly Rowan, ended in divorce.

Nearly 200 storm chasers paid tribute Sunday to the late actor by spelling out his initials using GPS coordinates on a map depicting the heart of Tornado Alley. The effort was to honor the leading man in the disaster movie "Twister," which inspired a generation of storm chasers.



 
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