By Dave Campbell | August 6, 2009
It saddens me to report that writer, director, producer and cultural architect John Hughes has died today at 59. Hughes fell to a heart attack on a morning walk while on a trip to Manhattan.
John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was born on February 18th, 1950 in Michigan and is responsible for bringing us various pop culture classics and icons via American film. Some of his most memorable works include Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and Home Alone.
In the last decade or so, Hughes has stepped aside from his own legacy to spend more time with his family, maintain his functioning farm in northern Illinois, and support independent arts. John Hughes is survived by his wife Nancy of 39 years, his two sons (John and James), and his four grandchildren.
Our thoughts go out to his family, and our thanks go out to him for leaving his mark. You’ll be missed.