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Esteemed playwright and actor Shepard dies aged 73

By AP Reporter

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American west, has died aged 73.

Shepard passed away last Thursday at his home in Kentucky from complications related to Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The taciturn Shepard, who grew up on a California ranch, was a man of few words who nevertheless produced 44 plays and numerous books, memoirs and short stories.

His 1979 play Buried Child won the Pulitzer for drama.

He appeared in dozens of films and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1983's historical drama The Right Stuff.

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