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Bill Paxton: How Doomed Star Hid His Heart Aliment

Actor kept health mystery to himself!

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‘Titanic’ star Bill Paxton hid a serious heart problem before dying of a stroke while undergoing surgery, The National ENQUIRER has learned.

“We didn’t even know he was going into surgery,” confided Bill’s brother-in-law, Jon Otten. “It’s very tragic and sudden.”

Bill, 61, died on Feb. 25.

Just weeks earlier, the “Twister” storm-chaser revealed he’d been diagnosed as a child with rheumatic fever. It damaged at least one of his heart valves, and he’d had surgery on it.

“The recent operation was to fine-tune the original surgery,” said Jon.

“We are proud of Bill’s legacy,” he added.

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