Actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61. It is another sad day in celebrity news. Paxton passed away earlier today following complications from heart surgery. TMZ reports that Paxton underwent the heart-related surgery, but then began to suffer complications in post-op where the actor suffered a fatal stroke.

Fans shocked by sudden loss of Bill Paxton

The news of Bill Paxton's sudden death has left friends and fans broken-hearted and very stunned by the news because no one was aware that Bill had been suffering from any health related issues at all.

Paxton was best known for films like "Twister" and "Titanic," and his HBO show "Big Love." The actor's most recent work was with the CBS drama "Training Day."

2017 adds to the celebrity death list once again

Paxton's death was confirmed by his family via a statement, saying, "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton passed away due to complications from surgery."

With more than four decades in the entertainment business, Bill's charm, wit, and engaging smile will be missed by all who knew him personally and admired his incredible acting talent. Paxton first appeared on the big screen in 1984 with a small part in "The Terminator." That bit was followed up the following year with a small role in the pop culture hit "Weird Science."

It wasn't until 1996 that Bill grabbed his first leading role in the hit "Twister" with co-star Helen Hunt.

"One False Move" and "A Simple Plan." followed, and he had been snagging leading roles ever since. With one more film under his belt before his untimely death, fans can look forward to seeing "The Circle" which is currently in post-production and stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

Bill Paxton is survived by his wife of 30 years (Louise Newbury), and their two children (Jake and Lydia).

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Paxton's family has requested that their privacy be respected at this time as they mourn the loss. Sadly, we have to add yet another name to the tragic Hollywood loss list. 2016 was a rough year, with more than 100 celebrities including Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and George Michael lost. 2017 appears to be following the same path.