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John Hughes


8/6/2009 5:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Hughes DiesJohn Hughes has died of a heart attack.

Hughes suffered the heart attack while taking a morning walk during a trip to NYC to visit family.

He directed such '80s hit films as "The Breakfast Club," Weird Science," "Sixteen Candles" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

He was 59.

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danny bee    

Michael Wolff at HuffPo and Newser is now questioning "Who Killed
John Hughes" and he is echoing my own blog post from three days ago
that asked same question "What killed John Hughes" google both terms
and see. All the fotos of JH were from 1984, but what did he look like
when he died? Was he overweight, obese, diabetic, family heart
history, why did not one media story ask the medical questions about
why a nice 59 year old man keels over during a morning walk. He was
not jogging or running. Walking. There is a story here, as Mr Wolff
says. Interview him next.

Posted by: polarcityboy | August 11, 2009 2:17 AM | Report abuse

"This intersection of death and pop culture figures is an obviously
strange one. Nostalgia turns out to be a more powerful media force
than gossip.
Where the premature death of a significant pop culture figure used to
be an opportunity to examine the nature of fame and accomplishment,
now it’s become a semi-mystical event. We pile on the meaning—and the
It has to do, surely, with being young—when Ferris Bueller's Day Off
actually meant something. It’s our lost youth that we’re treating with
such sensitivity.
It’s Michael Jackson’s world—where only the culturally tone deaf speak
ill of him.
It’s a sort of moral attention. Somebody who’s had purchase on our
emotion, and who dies before his time, enters into some media safe
ground. We respect our pop culture dead.
The media really does protect its own."
- Michael Wolff

1835 days ago

danny bee    

even ben stein agrees there is a big medical mystery here and the media has not reported it. he said this on CNN last night with Wolf Blitzer.

1835 days ago

danny bee    

WOLFMAN BLITZER: Ben Stein, obviously, that was you. You spoke today at the
funeral of John Hughes, the director of that film and several other
really excellent films. Give me a thought. He was only what, 59 years

BEN STEIN: Fifty nine years old and I'm sure he had a wonderful, super
good doctor, but even that doctor didn't find this undiagnosed heart
condition that laid him low at 59. He was the poet of human
exultation, the poet of happiness. I have a lot of friends in Iraq.
One of them in particular told me, after John Hughes died, all we
wanted to do, after we would go out on a tour, a patrol in 133 degree
heat, get shot at, get bombed by IEDs, get rocketed, get mortared, is
watch "Ferris Bueler's Day Off," so we know there's a better life
waiting for us.

That was what John Hughes showed us, the best of the human condition.
No rapes, no violence, no F-bombs, just human beings. Exult him, god
bless him. He is much missed.

BLITZER: He wrote and directed "The Breakfast Club," "16 Candles,"
wrote and produced "Pretty in Pink," "Something Wonderful."

STEIN: "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," as good as "Death of a Salesman."

BLITZER: What was that underlying heart condition that he had, that
obviously he was not diagnosed with?

STEIN: I don't know what it was. But a person doesn't just suddenly
die at age 59 walking down the street, if he didn't have some kind of
serious heart problem. Nobody murdered him, I assume. He died of some
kind of heart condition. And what I was saying earlier is even this
person, who was a genius, a genuine genius, very self- aware, access
to any kind of health care he wanted, even that wasn't discovered.

1835 days ago



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