Following the death of actor Bill Paxton, storm chasers from all across the United States combined forces to pay tribute to the man who helped put them on the map. They honoured the recently deceased actor by strategically spelling out his initials on the map. Hundreds of professional storm chasers checked in to form the initials "BP" using their GPS.
Paxton, who starred in blockbuster films such as "Aliens", "Titanic", "Apollo 13", and "Twister", passed away due to complications from surgery, according to a report from the New York Daily News. He was 61. Just like his character in the 1996 movie "Twister", real life storm chasers picked up their gear and hit the road to pay tribute to the actor by marking out coordinates that would spell out his initials. A photo of the tribute has been posted meteorologist Aaron Brackett on his Twitter account.
The storm chasers coordinated with one another via the Radar Scope Users Group on Facebook and placed their Spotter Network markers using apps such as RadarScope Pro. It was a very small, but fitting message of gratitude to an actor who helped put storm chasers on the map when he portrayed one in "Twister."
Paxton spent most of his Hollywood career playing supporting roles in films, but it was in "Twister" where he had a breakout role and became a household name among movie fans. He was set to reprise his role as Master Sergeant Farell in the sequel to the 2014 sci-fi action flick "The Edge of Tomorrow" prior to his death.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman said that Paxton was in great spirits even when he was about to undergo major surgery. "Even facing major surgery, his optimism for the future was infectious", said Liman. Paxton has more than 100 acting credits under his resume and has also dabbed in directing through films such as "Frailty" and "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
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