Legendary director John Hughes, who is best known for writing and directing a slew of classic films that shaped the pop culture landscape in the 1980’s, has passed away at the age of 59.
His films include National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, European Vacation, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone.
A spokeswoman for John Hughes says the director of 1980s coming-of-age films like “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” has died in Manhattan of a heart attack he suffered during a morning walk. He was in Manhattan to visit family.
Hughes dropped out of filmmaking in 1991 and has lived quietly out of the public eye in Wisconsin.