Sam Shepard has passed away at the age of 73, various outlets are reporting. Shepard, who was ill with ALS, died peacefully in his home in Kentucky amongst his family. He was a highly-respected playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.
Sheppard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.
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