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Bill Paxton dead: Aliens, Titanic and Terminator star dies aged 61

Actor Bill Paxton has died aged 61, his family have said.

He was best known for his roles in Titanic,  Aliens and Terminator, but had a prolific output and appeared in dozens of films and TV shows. 

A Texas native, he reportedly suffered complications following surgery. 

In a statement, his family said: “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.”

He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in Hatfields and McCoys, in which he played Randolph “Randall” McCoy, leader of the notorious McCoy clan.

Mr Paxton was one of just two people to have been killed by an Alien, Predator and Terminator on screen. 

On social media, people who knew Mr Paxton paid their respects.

He leaves behind a wife, Louise Newbury, and two children. 

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