For those that were hoping for an easier ride on the celebrity death front, then 2017 has not got off to the best of starts. Actor Bill Paxton this week passed away at the tender age of 61. And, while details are sketchy, the death was believed to be caused by complications during surgery.
Reports from Rolling Stone suggest that Paxton passed away on Saturday, with representatives from his family releasing a public statement on behalf of the late Big Love star. A flurry of thoughts and prayers were pronounced on social media by his friends and colleagues. From his Twister co-star Helen Hunt to Apollo 13 director Ron Howard.
So profoundly sorry to hear that #BillPaxton has died. My family & I were such fans; we send our condolences and deepest sympathy to his.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 26, 2017
Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017
Quiet Achiever Left His Mark on Hollywood
Never regarded as an A-list award winner for his work over the 80s, 90s and turn of the 21st Century, Bill Paxton leaves a tremendous body of work behind. Earning his first real break in James Cameron's 1984 classic The Terminator in a small cameo role, Paxton would go onto bigger projects and parts courtesy of Aliens, Titanic, Apollo 13, Twister, True Lies, Tombstone, Edge of Tomorrow and the 2014 thriller Nightcrawler.
The Dan Gilroy film cast Paxton as freelance news chaser Joe Loder. Offering advice to Jake Gyllenhaal's Louis "Lou" Bloom before he went off to dominate the Los Angeles local news scene. Paxton would go onto feature in no less than 93 flicks over a decorated career that happened to include a period with an 80s band titled Martini Ranch. Creating a music video Reach that had cameos from James Cameron and his former partner/director Kathryn Bigelow.
Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017
You were a great friend to me, Bill. AND one of the finest actors to share a set with. Sending so much love to Bill Paxton's family.
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) February 26, 2017
Doubt Surrounds Future of Training Day TV Series
Only 4 episodes into their run on CBS, the program Training Day is now thrown into doubt over the sudden passing of their star lead Paxton. Adapted from the 2001 title of the same name, a movie which Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor. The show premiered on February 2 to an audience of 4.73m viewers.
Despite the decent opening numbers, the critics were not so happy with the series to call it a pale imitation of the film. But gave praise to Paxton for his performance in the role of rogue LAPD Detective Frank Roarke. Alongside youngster Justin Cornwell in the part of officer Kyle Craig, the CBS show hired the services of original director Antoine Fuqua to work with veteran executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer behind the scenes.
Paxton did shoot all 13 episodes before his death, but it is unknown at this juncture what will happen to the series beyond season one.
I'm devastated about the passing of Bill Paxton. He was always so kind & supportive. Funny & wise. A talented actor whom I will miss. RIP
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) February 26, 2017
What a lovely, warm and kind human. So sad to hear of Bill Paxton's passing.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) February 26, 2017
He made this movie great--he acted his heart out. What a talented man. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/rUcmmYME3h
— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) February 26, 2017
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) February 26, 2017
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 26, 2017