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Sam Shepard dies at age 73

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His death leaves a void in the theatre and film communities

Sam Shepard. Picture:AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File
Sam Shepard’s death leaves the theatre and film communities without an artist who brought a new kind of language to the American stage.
Shepard’s creations expressed a level of introspection rarely heard in pieces about the American West, a result of his experience watching the rustic world of his childhood disappear.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor’s life straddled the decline of rustic living in the American West and the post-World War II era that hastened its demise.
Shepard’s death was announced by a family spokesman on Monday. The prolific writer and actor died from complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease at age 73.
He released a novel earlier this year about a man dealing with the loss of control of his body due to Lou Gehrig’s disease.