Sam Shepard died Thursday, July 27 at his home in Kentucky at age 73 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).
I could elaborate on Shepard's career, but I'll let you look him up on IMDB. Suffice to say that for more than 50 years, the Illinois native worked as a playwright, actor, and director. His plays were featured at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater. His work has been honored with several Obie Awards and nominations for Tony Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, and an Academy Award.