DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Bill Paxton (aged 61)
American actor, director and film producer
William Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and director. He appeared in films such as The Terminator (1984), Weird Science(1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), Tombstone(1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister(1996), Titanic (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Edge of Tomorrow(2014), and Nightcrawler (2014). He also starred in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011), earning three Golden Globe Award nominations during the show’s run. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for portraying Randall McCoy in the History channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012). Paxton’s final film appearance was in The Circle (2017), released two months after his death.
DEATH: Paxton’s official cause of death was a stroke, precipitated by complications after a heart valve and aorta surgery he underwent on February 14, 2017. It was later revealed that Paxton had suffered rheumatic fever as a child, which had caused heart damage early in his life. He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.