The actor Bill Paxton, who starred in such well-known Hollywood blockbusters as Titanic, Apollo 13 and Aliens, has passed away aged 61.
According to a statement released by his family, Paxton died in hospital from complications following heart surgery.
A good friend of director James Cameron, Paxton got his first break in 1984’s The Terminator alongside Arnold Schwarznegger.
From then on, he starred in a number of big hits during nineties, and also became known for his work on the small screen – earning four golden globe nominations for his performance in HBO’s drama Big Love.
In his later years, he turned his attention to directing, beginning with the dark thriller Frailty in 2001, and The Greatest Game Ever Played in 2005.
He will take to the silver screen one final time in The Circle alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.
Tributes from Paxton’s colleagues and fans began to pour in as news of his passing broke.
Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill – a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man… Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
Condolences to the family of Bill Paxton. I just heard the news. 😢— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) 26 February 2017
He made this movie great—he acted his heart out. What a talented man. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/rUcmmYME3h— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) 26 February 2017