Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor Sam Shepard No More

The ‘New York’ magazine once called him “the greatest American playwright of his generation”.

Updated31 Jul 2017, 04:29 PM IST
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Actor, playwright, and director Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73 in Kentucky, US. According to a spokesman of the Shepard family, the cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

An early influential avant-garde playwright in the Off Broadway movement, Shepard wrote more than 40 plays and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for Buried Child in 1979. The New York magazine once called him “the greatest American playwright of his generation”.

He was also an accomplished actor and won an Oscar nomination for his role as pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. He also starred in films like Black Hawk Down.

Shepard is survived by his children — Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard — and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.

Condolences have started pouring in from the world of entertainment.

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Published: 31 Jul 2017, 04:24 PM IST
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