Actor Bill Paxton dies aged 61

Actor Bill Paxton dies aged 61, probably best known for his performances in film classics such the science fiction films Aliens and The Terminator has passed away aged just 61, according to reports from US media.

It is being reported that he suffered complications following surgery.

Born 17th February 1955 in Fort Worth Texas, he is survived by his wife Louise Newbury, along with their two children.

His film career included several well known films including:
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Near Dark (1987)
  • Tombstone (1993)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Twister (1996)
  • Titanic (1997)

Prior to his death he had been working on the television crime thriller series Training Day for US network CBS.

You can probably expect plenty of tributes later tonight when the The Oscars gets underway.

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