Actor, playwright Sam Shepard dies from ALS complications

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LOS ANGELES: Actor and Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard has died from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a representative for his family said on Monday.

Shepard, 73, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play “Buried Child,” died last week at home in Kentucky on Thursday, surrounded by his family, spokesman Chris Boneau said in a statement to Reuters.