Paxton died on Feb. 25, 2017 at the age of 61 after having valve replacement surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm. Complications later arose and he then suffered a stroke, according to his death certificate.
"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," a family representative said in a statement at the time. "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. 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."
Following his death, Paxton’s TV daughter Amanda Seyfried talked openly about her “Big Love” father figure.
"He was an amazing and supportive father figure to me in my early career," Seyfried told PEOPLE. "Incredibly inspired and full of life at every turn, he made you feel like everything was possible. This is a terrible loss."