Veteran actor Bill Paxton who appeared in nearly 100 movies and television shows passed away Saturday at the age of 61 after suffering complications from heart surgery. The actor, who is perhaps best known for his work in such blockbusters as Titanic, Twister and Apollo 13, had recently wrapped filming all 13 episodes of the current CBS series, Training Day (produced by Warner Bros. Television). As of this writing, four episodes of the show have aired.
In a joint statement, CBS and WBTV said: "We are shocked and deeply saddened this morning by the news of Bill Paxton's passing. Bill was, of course, a gifted and popular actor with so many memorable roles on film and television. His colleagues at CBS and Warner Bros. Television will also remember a guy who lit up every room with infectious charm, energy and warmth, and as a great storyteller who loved to share entertaining anecdotes and stories about his work. All of us here offer our deepest sympathy to his wife, Louise, and his two children."
Social channels have been filled with tributes from Paxton's friends and industry colleagues since the shocking news was announced.