Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood’s youth impresario of the 1980s and ’90s who captured the teen and pre teen market with such favorites as “Home Alone,””The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59. Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, Michelle Bega said. He was in New York to visit family.
JakeBloom, Hughes’ longtime attorney, said he was “deeply saddened and in shock” to learn of the director’s death.
Death of the ’80s
How the creator of The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller defined an era whose sensibility died before he did
Some people might think of the 1980s as “the Reagan era,” said Susan Wloszczyna in USA Today, but it will always be “the John Hughes decade” for a generation of “disaffected suburban kids.” Hughes, who died of a heart attack Thursday, at 59, had his biggest commercial success as the writer of the 1990s Home Alone franchise, but he made his biggest mark with his iconic ’80s Brat Pack hits: Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.