Nancy Ludwig

Director and writer John Hughes, who was responsible for a series of pioneering US comedies, has died.

He was 59.

Hughes passed away after suffering a heart attack while visiting his family in New York.

As a director, Hughes worked on a host of films, including 1985's The Breakfast Club and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

He also wrote the films Home Alone, arguably his biggest hit, and Pretty in Pink.

Hughes stepped away from Hollywood in the mid-1990s, but continued to write under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes.

As Dantes, he wrote the screenplays for Maid in Manhattan, which starred Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes, and Beethoven.

The director and writer was born in Michigan in 1950 and began his career as a journalist before turning to screen writing.

Hughes married his wife, Nancy Ludwig, in 1970 after the couple met in 1970.

They had two children – John Hughes III and James Hughes – together.

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