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Sam Shepard dies at 73

SAM SHEPARD

AP Photo | Charles Sykes

Daniel Esparza - published on 07/31/17 - updated on 07/31/17

The celebrated Pulitzer-winning American playwright and actor died at his home in Kentucky this past Thursday.

Sam Shepard, the celebrated American playwright and actor, died on Thursday at his home in Kentucky at the age of 73, due to complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, said a spokesman for the Shepard family.

Shepard, considered among the most important and influential American writers in the Off-Broadway movement, was and is well known for plays such as Buried Child (Pulitzer Prize for drama, 1979), Curse of the Starving Class and A Lie of the Mind. An accomplished actor (he was nominated for and Academy Award for his supporting role in The Right Stuff) appearing on several New York stages, he was currently working on the Netflix show Bloodline, playing the character of Robert Rayburn.

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