WhedonCon is devastated by the news of the passing of actor Bill Paxton. Paxton suffered a stroke from complications following a heart surgery on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Doctors believe that Paxton's death was the result of a childhood battle against rheumatic fever, which led to struggles with heart health that followed him into adulthood.
While best known to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans as Agent John Garrett, deceitful mentor of HYDRA double agent Grant Ward in the popular drama's first season, Paxton gained mainstream renown for his roles in blockbuster films Apollo 13, Titanic, and Twister as well as his part in HBO dramedy Big Love.
Fans of Paxton can look forward to one more gift from the prolific actor as he will posthumously continue on the small screen in the role of Detective Frank Rourke on 2017 CBS show Training Day.
Paxton was cremated and rests peacefully in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery among other Hollywood stars like Bette Davis and Lucille Ball. Leaving an impression on the world, Paxton will live on in film, in history, and even in weather maps.
WhedonCon and Fandom Charities offer our deepest sympathies to Bill's wife Louise Newbury and to his two children, James and Lydia.