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Film and TV actor Bill Paxton has died aged 61

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Actor Bill Paxton died on Saturday in the US after complications following surgery

Film and TV star Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61 after complications following surgery.

The Texas-born actor, who is best known for his roles in movies such as Twister, Aliens, Apollo 13, Titanic and The Terminator, was working on a crime thriller TV series, Training Day, at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and their two children.

Paxton won an Emmy for his performance in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, alongside Kevin Costner.

He also earned three Best Actor Golden Globe nominations for his starring role in the HBO drama Big Love, where he played a suburban polygamist juggling three wives and families.

Fellow Hollywood stars were quick to pay tribute to Paxton as news of his death spread - among them Code Black star Rob Lowe, Star Trek’s William Shatner and Cary Elwes, his co-star in Twister, who also shared a picture of them together in the movie.

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Paxton's family said in a statement: “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.”