Hollywood Icon Jennifer Aniston paid a tribute to actor Bill Paxton at the Oscars, last night. The Big Love star passed away on Saturday, February 25, from surgery complications.
In a In Memoriam montage, which was presented at the Oscars, actress Jennifer Aniston pad a tribute to the late Bill Paxton, who unexpectedly passed away the day prior to the event. “As we celebrate together, we also take a moment to mourn the many legends we lost this past year”, the Friends alum said. “Each and every one was a cherished member of our Hollywood family. As was beloved actor and friend who left us yesterday, Bill Paxton. All were loved and all will be missed.”
61-year-old Bill Paxton died due to complications from an undisclosed major surgical intervention. The following day, a representative for his family released a statement confirming his passing and asking for privacy in these moments. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery”, the statement read. “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.”
Several reports state that Paxton sent an e-mail to Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman mentioning a scheduled major surgery, in late January. In the e-mail, the actor mentioned that he was nervous about it, but that he was optimistic and even assured Liman that he will be reprising his role as Master Sergeant Farell in Edge of Tomorrow.
Paxton was known from his roles in high-impact movies, such as The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990) Apollo 13 (1995), Titanic (1997) and the HBO series Big Love, which aired from 2006 to 2011.
Bill Paxton is survived by his wife, Louise Newbury and his children, James and Lydia Paxton.