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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright and actor, dies at 73

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright and actor, dies at 73

Sam Shepard, who died at age 73 of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease, was the bard of America’s flat highways, wide-open spaces and wounding, dysfunctional families. His death was especially mourned by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, whose initial rapid rise to global fame as an intense, in-your-face theater was intrinsically linked to Shepard and his work. 

 "Shepard," said Anna D. Shapiro, the Steppenwolf artistic director, "was the embodiment of all that the founders of Steppenwolf wanted to achieve.”

Shepard died Thursday at his home in Kentucky, according to an announcement Monday from his family.

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