Death Certificate Reveals What Led to 'Titanic' Star Bill Paxton's Shocking Passing

The actor revealed weeks before his death that he had suffered from rheumatic fever as a child.

Bill Paxton’s cause of death has been confirmed following the release of his death certificate.

The 61-year-old Titanic star’s death certificate, released Monday, lists his cause of death as a "stroke," which was brought on by an "aortic aneurysm."

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Additionally, the document revealed that Paxton had undergone valve replacement surgery on Valentine's Day and complications arose 11 days later. He died just before midnight on February 25.

Less than three weeks before his death, the True Lies actor revealed on comedian Marc Maron's podcast that as a child he had suffered from rheumatic fever, which can cause permanent heart damage.

"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 following his death. “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.”

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Paxton is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury, and his two children — daughter, Lydia, and son, James. 

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