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LOS ANGELES — Actor Bill Paxton died of a stroke after heart surgery, according to his death certificate obtained by TMZ. He was 61 years old.

The surgery, which replaced his aortic valve and repaired an aortic aneurysm, took place February 14. He died February 25 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Paxton had appeared in several popular movies including “The Terminator,” “Weird Science,” “Aliens,” “Predator 2,” “True Lies,” “Apollo 13,” “Twister” and “Titanic.”

“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,” said Paxton’s family, according to TMZ.

The actor was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955 and had two children. He had been married to Louise Newbury since 1987.

Paxton won an Emmy for “Hatfields and McCoys” and was on a CBS series, “Training Day” at the time of his death.