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Bill Paxton Dead at 61, Remembered with Touching Tribute at the Oscars

The actor passed away due to complications from surgery.

Bill Paxton, known for his roles in Big Love, Twister, Aliens, and Titanic, died at the age of 61 on Saturday, a rep for the actor confirmed on Sunday. 

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the statement to CNN reads. "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. ... We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father."

In the wake of his unexpected passing, he was honored by Jennifer Aniston before the in memoriam segment of the 2017 Academy Awards. "A force of nature in front of the camera or a force driving it, each and every one was a cherished member of our Hollywood family, as was beloved actor and friend who left us just yesterday, Bill Paxton, all were loved and all will be missed," she shared, holding back tears. "Let us remember their lives and their beautiful work."

His Big Love co-star Ginnifer Goodwin shared why she decided to still attend the Oscars despite the loss. “It was hard to come here, it felt wrong to come and celebrate anything,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “But [husband] Josh [Dallas] reminded me that Bill loved all things Hollywood history and he would want you to be here.”

In a weird coincidence, footage of Paxton from Titanic was featured in a Rolex ad that played during the telecast.

Following the news of his death, he was remembered on Twitter by his former co-stars and colleagues.

I will never forget Bill Paxton and the KC135. We will miss you.

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