Hollywood suffered a major loss today when it was reported that beloved actor Bill Paxton, 61, had unexpectedly passed away. With tonight’s Oscars upon us, some are wondering if Paxton will be mentioned at all. Sara Bareilles is performing for the In Memoriam segment, but editors may not have time to include Paxton in the video presentation because of the short notice. People’s editor spoke with Robin Roberts on the red carpet at the Oscars this evening, where he talked about how stunned and saddened the entertainment industry is over the passing of Paxton.
TMZ first reported that Paxton had died from complications of a surgery. Later on, further details revealed Paxton had undergone heart surgery and had complications post-op, suffering a fatal stroke. His family released the following statement about his death:
It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. [His] illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and flimmaker, Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.
Paxton was married to wife Louise Newbury for three decades and the couple share two children.
Celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Hanks, and many others gushed about how much they loved Paxton on Twitter. Have a look at some of the heartfelt tweets below.