The world lost beloved actor Bill Paxton today due to complications from surgery. Paxton leaves behind a career's worth of performances that fans are sure to be revisiting.
Those include multiple collaborations with director James Cameron, who helmed Aliens and Titanic. Paxton was also a part of Ghost of the Abyss, a non-fiction film in which Cameron traces the inspiration for Titanic.
Paxton and Cameron are known to have developed a true friendship that went beyond their professional relationship. Now Cameron has released the following statement concerning Paxton's death, via Vanity Fair:
"I've been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and heart around it. Bill leaves such a void. He and I were close friends for 36 years, since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie. He came in to work on set, and I slapped a paint brush in his hand and pointed to a wall, saying "Paint that!" We quickly recognized the creative spark in each other and became fast friends. What followed was 36 years of making films together, helping develop each others projects, going on scuba diving trips together, watching each others kids growing up, even diving the Titanic wreck together in Russian subs. It was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect. Bill wrote beautiful heartfelt and thoughtful letters, an anachronism in this age of digital shorthand. He took good care of his relationships with people, always caring and present for others. He was a good man, a great actor, and a creative dynamo. I hope that amid the gaudy din of Oscar night, people will take a moment to remember this wonderful man, not just for all the hours of joy he brought to us with his vivid screen presence, but for the great human that he was.
The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him."