I grew up on his movies. This is very sad news. :(
John Hughes -- Filmmaker Behind '80s Classics Like 'Pretty In Pink' & 'Sixteen Candles'-- Has Died
John Hughes, the writer and director whose string of classic '80s comedies essentially defined the genre for decades, has died at the age of 59.
The cause was a heart attack, which he suffered taking a walk on Thursday morning (August 6) during a trip to New York, according to Variety.
Writing for talent like Chevy Chase and Michael Keaton, Hughes had early hits with "Mr. Mom" and the first of the National Lampoon "Vacation" movies. His 1984 directorial debut, "Sixteen Candles," and his follow-up the next year, "The Breakfast Club," were instrumental in launching the pop-culture phenomenon known as the Brat Pack. Actors like Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall became some of the biggest names in Hollywood thanks to Hughes' brand of youth-oriented entertainment.
Continue reading more about John Hughes' legacy at MTV.com.