31/07/2017 17:01 BST | Updated 31/07/2017 17:30 BST

Sam Shepard Dead: Playwright And Actor Dies, Aged 73

His glittering career included a Pulitzer Prize win.

Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73, his family have confirmed today (Monday 31 July).

The actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright died at his Kentucky home on Thursday (20 July).

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Sam in 2013 

A spokesperson for the family has stated that the case of death was complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS, reports the New York Times.

A number of fans, including many famous faces, have rushed to pay tribute to the star:

Sam was a prolific writer, penning over 40 plays alongside short story collections and essays, while his acting in 1983 film ‘The Right Stuff’ earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

His film career began back in 1978, when he starred opposite Richard Gere in ‘Days Of Heaven’ and the first play he published, titled ‘Cowboys’, came out over a decade earlier in 1964.

Sam’s more recent film and television appearances include ‘Ithica’ and Netflix’s ‘Bloodline’.

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