Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Award winning playwright and the remarkable actor is dead at 73.

The news comes as a shock and grief for all of his fans and the entire entertainment industry are paying a huge tribute to the veteran actor.

Although he's no more, his incredible work spanning over half a century will always remain alive and glorious.

Sam Shepard, a remarkable Playwright, and an Actor is dead at 73. A big loss to his Children, and Family

One of the most handsome and talented actors during the early 80s, Sam Shepard is no longer among us.

On July 27, last Thursday, Sam died taking his last breath at his home in Kentucky. He was 73.

Sam Shepard during his early age, Source: NewYork Times

The major reason behind his death was identified as complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also terms as Lou Gehrig's disease.

One of his family's reps announced the unfortunate death of the legendary actor on Monday.

Sam Shepard died at the age of 73, Source: NewYork Times

His family and friends are mourning over the actor's death and his ex-wife Jessica Lange took to twitter posting her heartfelt condolence for the late actor's death with pictures of them together. 

Sam was battling against ALS since a long time but it was never made public. He was with his family at the time of his death.

His children have not spoken anything and they request privacy at such difficult time. There'll soon be a public memorial but the time is yet to be announced.

All the actors and directors mourned over the death of Sam and posted a tribute on Twitter. 

Well, death is a vital part of everyone's life but what matters the most is what the person left behind for all of us. Apart from being a successful actor, he was a loving husband and father.

Sam married twice and was proud father of three children

Shepard always knew he would make it big in the film industry and with that dream, he moved to New York City and pursued his career in acting.

He met the then actress, O-Lan Jones in late 1960s and soon they got married in the year 1969. 

 

Sam Shepard, Jesse Mojo Shepard, O-Lan Jones | 1970 | Tumblr @torontoinkcompany

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The perfect pair also welcomed their first child, a son named Jessed Mojo, born in 1970. His son now is an established author, who wrote a book of short stories published in 2003 in SanFrancisco.

However, their marriage turned into a disaster when Sam started having an affair with famous artist and singer, Patti Smith for one year but the duo finally split in the year 1971.

Patti Smith, Sam's girlfriend, Source: Pinterest

Despite the infidelity, the couple continued their relationship and moved to London. However, they filed for divorce and got divorced in the year 1984.

After the divorce, he met Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange while filming the movie Frances and fell in love.

Sam Shepard with his ex-wife actress Jessica Lange, Source: Heavy

They were in a live-in relationship and were together for almost thirty years. The pair was madly in love but never got married.

They shared two children, Hannah Jane born in 1985 and Samuel Walker Shepard born in 1987. Despite the long term relationship, the pair separated in the year 2009.

Actor Sam Shepard and actress Jessica Lange (C) pose with family members Shura Baryshnikov (2nd L), her husband Bruce Bryan (L), Hanna Shepard and Walker Shepard (R) at The Film Society of Lincoln Center honors Jessica Lange at Avery Fisher Hall April 17, 2006, Source: Heavy

After the separation, he was not linked with any actresses or another mystery woman and he maintained his status as single.

Facts and Career of late actor Sam Shepard

  • Born and raised in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, U.S, Sam Shepard was the legendary American actor, playwright, director, and screen writer.
  • Academy Award nominated actor received Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child.
  • Was nicknamed as "Steve Rogers" after his father's name.
  • His father served in United States Army Air Forces as a bomber pilot was a raging alcoholic.
  • His mother was a teacher in Chicago.
  • started working when he was a child.
  • graduated from Duarte High School in 1961 and studied agriculture nearby at Mt. San Antonio College.
  • When he was 21, he worked as a busboy at The Village Gate in New York City.
  • He joined Off Broadway theater in 1962 and started doing dramas and theater movies.
  • He also started writing plays which became popular and led him to win six Obie Awards.
  • For his play, Bruied Child (1982) he won Pulitzer Award.
  • His successful plays include Oh! Calcutta!, Angel City, Suicide in B Flat, A Lie of the Mind, Tongues, The Notebook, Ages of the Moon, Heartless and much more.
  • He won Gold Medal for Drama, Theater Hall of Fame, Outstanding Play Drama Desk Awards, Robert Altman Award for movie Mud (2013),  and so on.
  • His net worth is estimated to be $8 million.
  • On July 27, 2017, he died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at the age of 73 at his home in Kentucky.

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