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Famed Director, John Hughes, Dies Of Heart Attack

Posted by J. Tinsley on August 6, 2009

John Hughes on 11/28/90 in Chicago, Il.

For the life of me, I can’t remember a period in which this many celebrities died in such a short span of time. Since the start of the summer, Dolla, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Arturo Gatti, Steve McNair and Vernon Forrest have all lost their lives through various forms. Crazy thing is, I’m sure I forgot a name or two naming off that list.

Unfortunately, critically acclaimed director, John Hughes, has added himself to that list after apparently dying from a heart attack earlier today. He was 59. If you’re unfamiliar with who he is, he is the man which brought forth the classic cinematic films, “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

Hughes, who had largely turned his back on Hollywood in the past decade to become a farmer in the Midwestern state of Illinois, collapsed while strolling in Manhattan, where he was visiting friends.

His films, such as “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” are considered standard-bearers of the teen genre, exploring American adolescent behavior with warmth and affection. He supplied his awkward characters with natural dialogue, allowing audiences to empathize with their travails.

What many fail to realize was that beyond his genius also lied the urge to portray teenagers in a different light from how they were shown in the 1980’s. While many saw the negative in teens, Hughes saw the postivite.

“Many filmmakers portray teenagers as immoral and ignorant with pursuits that are pretty base,” Hughes told the Chicago Tribune in 1985 as he was about to release “The Breakfast Club,” his second directing effort.

“They seem to think that teenagers aren’t very bright. But I haven’t found that to be the case. I listen to kids. I respect them. I don’t discount anything they have to say just because they’re only 16 years-old.”

His most famous film, however, was the 1990 classic, “Home Alone.” Yeah, now pay homage.

‘Brat Pack’ director John Hughes dies of heart attack

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