“Game Over Man, Game Over.”


In the late 1960’s, a young boy was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever and The infection had gotten into this young boys’ wrist. Rheumatic fever is so rare, that it requires special medical attention for the patients that are diagnosed with it, for the rest of their lives. “According to the Mayo Clinic, rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can develop as a complication of inadequately treated strep throat or scarlet fever, both of which, in turn, are caused by an infection with streptococcus bacteria. Rheumatic fever is most common in children, ages 5 to 15, and it can cause permanent damage to the heart, including damaged heart valves and heart failure.”

Bill Paxton, known for his roles in movies like Titanic, Twister, Apollo 13 and my personal favorite, Aliens was a victim of this disease.  Bill Paxton Passed away to surgery complications on Sunday, February 26th, at the age of 61 years old.

A representative for Paxton’s family released a statement about Paxton’s death, confirming the cause of Paxton’s death, according to ABC News:

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications with surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to having 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.”


     Bill Paxton’s career did not go unnoticed and began ultimately in the 1970’s with his film debut, “Crazy Mama”.  Among many roles and in my list of “Personal Film Favorites”, one of his earliest known roles were, in The Terminator in 1984, following  Weird Science in 1985, ,Aliens in 1986, Predator 2 in 1990, Apollo 13 in 1995, Twister in 1996, Titanic in 1997 and many other films and television shows that are available on Bill Paxton’s Biography on Wikipedia: Bill Paxton.


Bill Paxton’s Legacy will continue to live on our television screens, especially my own. I remember growing up watching the films, Twister and Titanic, over and over thinking they were real life documentaries, how silly was that? (I was around 8yrs old, tons of imagination). Bill Paxton’s memory will be preserved through his career in the film industry, as well as in the hearts of his family, friends, and fans.

Godspeed Bill Paxton.



Rebecca Blair-WR121

Professor Sean Davis


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