When actor Bill Paxton reportedly passed away on Saturday at the age of 61, he left behind two children. Paxton's children, James & Lydia, will survive their late father after his unexpected death. Like the public, they're sure to remember their father as a well-rounded star.
Paxton reportedly died after suffering complications from a recent surgery. The initial report surfaced Sunday morning from TMZ, which claimed that Paxton died from a fatal stroke after undergoing heart surgery. The actor will be remembered by fans for his roles in such films as The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, and Twister. More recently, he held roles in the CBS series Training Day and the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies.
The Paxton family reportedly issued a statement following Bill's death, celebrating his Hollywood success. "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," the family said. "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."
Paxton had two children with his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury. The couple's love story — from the way they met to the fact that they were married for three decades — sounds a lot less like Hollywood than you might expect of a decorated actor like Paxton. Still, the Paxton family has spent its fair share of time in the spotlight.
James, Paxton's older child, followed in his father's footsteps. He studied film and the performing arts in both London and Los Angeles. Now 22, James stars in the USA Network series Eyewitness. He previously worked with his father on the 2015 TV mini-series Texas Rising and the 2003 movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.
James' younger sister is Lydia Paxton. According to Heavy, Lydia is a 19-year-old undergraduate student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She will reportedly graduate in 2020.
The Paxton kids grew up around a famous dad, but they seem to have found their own unique path. As they mourn their father's death, they'll have the support of his many fans. At the same time, they'll also have the support of Hollywood.