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Bill Paxton Worried About Surgery Weeks Before Death

| by Zara Zhi

Actor Bill Paxton, known for starring in such movies as "Twister" and "Apollo 13" died on Feb. 26, at the age of 61, due to heart surgery complications.

Paxton is most recently known for playing the patriarch in the critically acclaimed HBO show "Big Love" about a family of Mormon polygamists.

He got his start playing small roles in the 1970s and 1980s until the 1990s, when he was cast in high-profile movies, "True Lies" and "Titanic."

Paxton was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Randolph McCoy in the History Channel three-part mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys."

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Paxton returned to the small screen in 2017 as the star of a new CBS police drama spinoff, "Training Day." The show will continue to be aired on Thursday nights, but the future of the series is unclear following Paxton's death.

Paxton's final film, "The Circle," starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, is slated for release on April 28 and is based on the novel by Dave Eggers.

A representative for the family told NBC News:

It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. 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.

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"Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman told Us Weekly that he spoke to Paxton a few weeks before the surgery and that the actor was anxious about having it done.

He sent Liman an email on Jan. 29, which read, "Thanks for the good wishes. It will help me face this ordeal. Don't worry 'Sgt Farrell' will be ready to report for duty."

Paxton had a stroke after the operation, according to Independent Journal Review.

During the 2017 Academy Awards show, Paxton received an "In Memoriam" tribute introduced by Jennifer Aniston, who said, "As was our beloved friend who left us yesterday, Bill Paxton, all were loved and all will be missed."

Many Hollywood celebrities expressed condolences after hearing about Paxton's death. Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon and Aaron Paul were among many stars who tweeted about him.

Sources: NBC News, Independent Journal Review / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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