US actor, playwright Sam Shepard dead at 73


Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor celebrated for depicting a darkness behind contemporary American life, has died, a family spokesman said Monday. He was 73.

The actor, director and writer passed away at home in Kentucky surrounded by his family on Thursday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, the spokesman confirmed to AFP.A Shepard, who wrote nearly 50 plays, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1979 for his play "Buried Child" and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984 for best actor in a supporting role for "The Right Stuff."