Director James Cameron, who cast Paxton in many of his films released a statement on their 36 year long "friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect... The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him." Stars who've shared the screen with him, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Hanks took to Twitter to pay their respects.
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
Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man... Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017
Aged just 61, Paxton died after suffering complications from surgery. He leaves behind a wonderful body of work in film and is survived by his wife Louise and two children.