Sam Shepard, playwright and Oscar-nominated actor passes away at age 73

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Famed playwright, actor and director Sam Shepard, passed away on Thursday at the age of 73.

A spokesperson for his family stated that Shepard died at his home in Kentucky from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Shepard won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child in 1979 and he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1984 for his role of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

He has made numerous appearances in other films including Baby Boom, Steel Magnolias, The Pelican Brief, Black Hawk Down and The Notebook.

RIP