Prolific director John Hughes, most famous for writing and directing such flicks as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has passed away, according to his spokesperson.

Hughes' untimely passing occurred as he was talking a morning walk during a trip to Manhattan to visit his family. He was 59-years-old.

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"I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes," said actor Matthew Broderick, who starred in "Ferris Bueller." "He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family."

The Michigan native initially started out as an advertising copywriter in Chicago before getting launching his career in film. Some of his other notable movies include, 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' and 'Weird Science,' and 'Home Alone.'

Hughes, who had kept a low profile over recent years, had not directed a major film since 1991.

He is survived by his wife Nancy of 39 years; two sons, John and James; and four grandchildren.