John Hughes Dies From Heart Attack
Director John Hughes has died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 59.
Hughes was staying in Manhattan where he was visiting family and was out walking when the attack occurred. Hughes is survived by his wife Nancy Ludwig; his high school sweetheart, and their two sons, James and John Hughes III.
Hughes was born in Michigan in 1950 though he fell in love with Illinois when he attended school there. As a result, many of his movies were set in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois or in Chicago.
Hughes will always be fondly remembered for shaping teen and family comedies of the 80’s. He was also a star-maker; Molly Ringwald became a teen icon after she appeared in Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club and Matthew Broderick got his big break in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Though Hughes only ever directed eight films, he wrote over thirty, many of them huge successes. Some of our favourite were Uncle Buck, Home Alone and Planes, Trains And Automobiles.
R.I.P John Hughes (1950-1959)