Sam Shepard dead: Oscar-nominated actor passes away at 73

The Oscar-nominated star passed away at his home in Kentucky on Thursday night.

A spokesman for the Shepard family revealed the cause of death was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Shepard’s career saw him win equal acclaim as an actor, playwright and director; earning a Pulitzer Prize for his 1979 play Buried Child in 1979, while he went on to land an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in his role as pilot Chuck Yeager in 1983’s The Right Stuff.

During his trail-blazing career in showbusiness, Shepard penned 44 plays as well as several books of short stories and was once hailed by New York as “the greatest American playwright of his generation”.

 

Sam Shepard dies at 73

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