Hollywood and Broadway React to Sam Shepard's Death

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Sam Shepard

The actor and playwright passed away on Thursday.

Sam Shepard, the Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, died on Thursday from complications from ALS. The playwright and actor passed away at his home in Kentucky and was with his family at the time of his death. He was 73.

The multidimensional talent, who most recently appeared on Netflix's Bloodline, received an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actor for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in 1983's The Right Stuff and won the 1979 drama Pulitzer Prize for his play Buried Child. 

The Black Hawk Down and Pelican Brief star was in a relationship with actress Jessica Lange from 1982 to 2009. “I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor,” Lange said about Shepard in an interview conducted prior to the news of his death for this month's AARP The Magazine cover story.

Plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined and funeral arrangements remain private, the family announced on Monday. He is survived by his children, Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.

Reactions from Shepard's peers were quick to pour in after the news broke. See the social media tributes and reflections below.

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