John Hughes dies of heart attack at 59

John HughesJohn Hughes, who directed hit films such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Sixteen Candles, died this morning in New York City of a heart attack. He was 59. Hughes directed and wrote films that a generation grew up with, and launched the careers of many young actors who became known as the Brat Pack, including Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy. Though he directed his last film, Curly Sue, in 1991, Hughes continued to write for films such as Drillbit Taylor, Maid in Manhattan and the Beethoven movies, sometimes under the pseudonym Edmond Dantès. He also wrote hits such as Pretty in Pink, Home Alone, 101 Dalmatians, and Miracle on 34th Street. Hughes, who lived on a farm in his home state of Illinois, was enjoying a a walk through Manhattan where he was visiting family when he suffered a heart attack. He leaves behind Nancy, his wife of 39 years, two sons — James, a writer/producer and John, a musician — and four grandchildren.

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  1. Mary • August 7, 2009 @ 1:18 AM

    Enjoyed all his movie projects I’m sure he will be missed in the movie industry. My condolences to his family.

  2. gypsy • August 7, 2009 @ 1:31 AM

    I also enjoyed his movies,my prayers go out to his family.

  3. mandee • August 7, 2009 @ 2:11 AM

    rest in peace. such a sad article 🙁 of the movies of his i watched (there was only a few i didnt) i loved every single one of them. curly sue being one of my faves since it first came out.

  4. Danny • August 7, 2009 @ 7:06 AM

    As a teenager growing up in the 80s, I also enjoyed all of his movies.
    My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
    Thank you John, R.I.P.

  5. aprilshowers • August 7, 2009 @ 7:49 AM

    Boy this man knew how to make GREAT movies and I will miss him and his excellent movies as well. I grew up with “Ferris Bueller” and “The Breakfast Club”, what an awesome movie!! You will be missed John and my condolences to your family, may you rest in peace.

  6. bubbles • August 7, 2009 @ 9:35 AM

    One of the greatest directors of his time, though often overlooked. He will be dearly missed.

  7. Jo-Anne • August 7, 2009 @ 12:51 PM

    very, very sad news…loved Pretty in Pink, Ferris…classics

  8. mandee • August 8, 2009 @ 2:53 AM

    never saw pretty in pink, i loved ferris, curly sue, the breakfast club and maid in manhattan. i never saw the others.

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  10. Jo-Anne • August 10, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

    you should get it, mandee, it’s really a cute movie… think you’d enjoy it…

  11. tributegirl • August 12, 2009 @ 3:50 PM

    It is a good movie.
    RIP John.

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