August 6th, 2009
06:15 PM ET

'Home Alone' writer John Hughes dies

John Hughes' publicist, Paul Bloch, just released this statement:

“John Hughes, prolific director of such culturally significant films such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Home Alone has died suddenly of a heart attack while taking a morning walk during a trip to Manhattan to visit family. John Wilden Hughes, Jr., born on February 18th, 1950 in Michigan, was a self-made man whose career began as an advertising copywriter in Chicago.  His films helped launch countless careers and revealed to a global audience the humor, sensitivity and nuances of everyday people in the suburbs of Chicago. In the last decade, he stepped back from the legacy he created to enjoy time with his family, maintain a functioning farm in northern Illinois and support independent arts. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, two sons, John and James, and four grandchildren.”

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Shower Screen

    heart attack is very common these days, it is because of a high fat diet and lack of exercise '.-

    December 16, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Max Wood

    Heart attack could be prevented with exercise, diet and some food supplements like CoQ10.:~,

    June 11, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kayla

    Too young. This man was a genius! I think he should get a little more recognition for his accomplishments. I mean, Home Alone? C'mon, you know you love it. And The Breakfast Club? Genius. Its sad to see him go so early, we were all wanting more movies. (: He will always be remembered. Oh and we have the same birthday! (:

    August 9, 2009 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Merchant of Venice

    At 59 this talented man was way too young to die. From all the news about how reclusive he'd been, I think that he died from a broken heart more than from a heart attack. Makes me sad.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.