John Hughes Dies at 59

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:39 am,

Ferris Bueller Parade John Hughes Dies at 59

Variety is reporting that John Hughes, writer/director of such famous 80s films as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, and Weird Science has died of a heart attack at age 59 while on a morning walk in New York City.

Hughes helped define 80s teen culture on film, and even made a lasting impression in the early 90s, writing and producing revered films like Home Alone and Curly Sue.

As the 90s passed into the new millennium, Hughes stepped back from Hollywood, writing and producing here and there, instead opting to enjoy life with his family and maintain his northern Illinois farm. He continued to support the arts throughout his life and certainly his legacy is forever preserved in the fantastic films he gave us.

John Wilden Hughes Jr. is survived by his wife Nancy of 39 years, two sons (John and James) and four grandchildren. Screen Rant would like to send condolences out to the family and friends of Mr. Hughes. He will forever be missed, and will be celebrated even longer.

We will never forget about you:

R.I.P. John Hughes, February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009.

Source: Variety

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  1. Wow. In the realm of legends who’ve passed away recently, he’s certainly up there. This guy defined the childhoods of people our age and will be sorely missed.

    My sympathy for his loved ones and lamentation to his loss.

  2. Very sad .
    My condolonces to his family aand friends.
    And my eternal thanks for Countless great memories.

  3. Wow, 59, leave it to heart disease to make 29 “middle-aged.” It’s really a big problem.

  4. Good post. I just have a few seldom-mentioned things to add…- Hughes wrote the spectacular National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), which featured a score by Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. The ridiculous guilty pleasure “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo comes from the Hughes film of the same name.

  5. This is really sad.
    personally, I think his best film was Pretty In Pink, funny they were showing that on TV recently on AMC.
    And I also like Dutch, a film that is so underrated, and he had the great Ed O’Neil in that film.
    RIP Mr. Hughes.

  6. Wow,this is really sad.

    I enjoyed all of John Hughes’s films growing up in the 80′s.It always seemed that their was a character or some context in his movie’s that I could relate to.We can all relate to one of kids in The Breakfast Club or getting lost in the mix as in Sixteen Candles.

    Also,John Hughes provided me with a very important life lesson in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.Sometimes when life gets tough you need to take a day off and have some fun.Everything will fall into perspective afterwards and you will know whats important.

    Thank you John Hughes for Long-Duk-Dong(“no yanky,my wanky”),for Christmas Vacation(a must see for me every Christmas),and just many hours of laughter and enjoyment.

    RIP John Hughes.

    My condolences to the Hughes family,your in my thoughts and prayers.

    p.s.John,do us all a favor and take God’s Ferrari out on a joy ride.

  7. My Condolences to his family, I loved some of his movies especially the breakfast club, Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Definitely his movies defined a generation as well as gave us plenty of chuckles. For all his fans I have collected some good sites and articles (more than 250 sites ) related to his latest news coverage, biography, Movies, Movie Quotes and Interviews. If you are interested take a look at the below link
    http://markthispage.blogspot.com/2009/08/all-you-want-to-know-about-john-hughes.html

  8. My hat is of to you!
    Thank you for all the joy uve brought me, If it wasnt for you god knows what movies my sister would have raised me with.
    R.I.P to you Mr Legend